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Deer / Car collisions expected to rise

Posted by wlpo on November 6, 2016

It’s November, but do you know what time it is?  The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources are reminding you to watch carefully as your drive in rural areas at dusk or dawn. Deer are on the move because it is mating season.

IDNR’s Wayne Rosenthal says drivers need to be aware of their surroundings, pay attention to deer crossing signs and watch for lights to be reflected back from the eyes of any animal, including deer.  If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lane.

If you do hit a deer, pull off onto the shoulder, use your hazard lights, call 911 to report the accident and stay in your car till the officer arrives. Do not get out of the car to check on an injured deer. There were some 15,700 vehicle-deer crashes in the state in 2015, an increase of 2.5% from 2014.

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