Ohio drivers beware. Risk of colliding with deer may be on the rise, according to officials at the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)-Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). The increased risk is partly due to the rise in reported deer-vehicle (D-V) crashes along with the fact that October through December is peak deer mating season in the Buckeye state. According to ODPS 2015 Ohio Crash Facts, 21,061 deer-vehicle crashes were reported statewide last year, a 6.9 percent increase from the 19,705 deer crashes in 2014. Ohio total crashes for 2015 are the state’s highest since 2011, when 22,696 D-V crashes were reported. However, percentage-wise, OII reports that 7 percent of Ohio crashes in 2015 were D-V related, the same percentage as in 2014. See a collaborative annual deer-vehicle collision report/release with stats, insurance coverage, safety tips and more at https://www.ohioinsurance.org/ohio-statewide-deer-vehicle-collisions-up-nearly-7-in-2015-damages-also-up/