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Vehicle Crashes Rose 7 Percent in 2019

Deer collisions were primary factor in increase

Vehicle accidents in Door County rose 7 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, according to data provided by the Door County Sheriff’s Office. There were 723 vehicle accidents in 2019, including five fatalities. That’s down from 2018, when there were seven fatalities on county roadways. Door County has averaged four traffic fatalities per year since 2015.

Deer collisions rose 4 percent, including a surge during the fourth quarter of 2019. If not for a 25 percent increase in accidents during that period, mostly due to deer collisions, the accident rate would have remained steady year over year. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources estimates that the deer population in Wisconsin has grown from approximately 1 million in 2010 to 1.8 million in 2019. In Door County, the DNR estimates that deer populations have more than doubled, from 9,000 in 2010 to more than 18,000 in 2019. The highest rates of deer collisions are typically in October and November, when deer are most active during their primary mating season.

Vehicle Accidents, 2018-19


TotalDeer
2018673334
2019723349
Percent Increase7%4%

2019 Vehicle Accidents by Quarter


1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter
Total138138198249
Fatal0203
Deer456673165

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