SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Traffic accidents involving deer analyzed

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

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The records: The Missouri State Highway Patrol's data of deer involvement in Missouri traffic crashes.

Why you'd want them: A number of traffic accidents every year can be attributed to deer. The latest data from 2010 revealed there were 3,420 accidents involving a deer strike. That's one every 2.6 hours. The Highway Patrol also documents road conditions, the area crashes occurred in, vehicle information and driver demographics.

How to get the records: The Statistical Analysis Center of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has the complete set of records available online on its traffic publications page. The page can be accessed by starting at the Missouri State Highway Patrol home page and then clicking on the "Statistics" tab along the top of the page, then, on the left-hand side, under "Publications" choose the "Traffic" tab. The analysis of deer involvement in crashes is the fourth set of information listed on the page.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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