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Illinois vehicle vs. deer crashes still down

(Source: EPA / MGN) (Source: EPA / MGN)
SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said that crashes involving deer were on the decline in Illinois in 2013.

According to IDOT, data reveals a 1 percent decline in motor vehicle vs. deer crashes, from 15,495 in 2012 to 15,334 in 2013.

The number of deer-vehicle crashes that resulted in property damage only decreased to 14,811 in 2013 compared to 14,969 in 2012.

Accidents involving deer were responsible for six deaths in 2013, an increase from four deaths in 2012.

Although the number of crashes resulting in injuries declined slightly in 2013 compared to 2012, the number of injuries resulting from crashes involving a deer increased from 608 in 2012 to 617 in 2013.

About four in every five crashes occurred on rural roadways and almost 80 percent occurred at twilight or nighttime.

IDOT and IDNR want to remind drivers to be alert for deer along roadways during one of the most active periods of the year for wildlife activity.

Around 40 to 50 percent of all accidents involving deer in a typical year occur during the months of October, November, and December with November being the highest-risk month.

The top 10 counties for collisions involving deer in 2013 were:

1. Madison - 432

2. Cook - 426

3. Will – 373 1324**14

4. Peoria - 372

5. Lake - 352

6. Fulton - 342

7. Sangamon - 323

8. Kane - 311

9. Pike - 297

10. Rock Island - 297

Here are some suggestions:

* Be particularly cautious at dusk and dawn, when deer are most active.

* Keep track of locations where deer have been spotted in the past to avoid being surprised.

* Reduce speed and be prepared to stop, especially near water, farm fields and wooded areas.

* Deer will cross the road and double back. Make sure deer have moved away before proceeding.

* Be mindful that deer will follow each other. One deer can mean others are nearby or close behind.

* Avoid swerving into traffic or off the road if deer are on the roadway. Instead, slow to a stop and wait for the deer to move along.

* Flashing the headlights and honking the car horn will encourage deer to move off the road.

* Alert other motorists to the presence of deer by tapping the brakes.

The driver involved in a deer involved crash may take possession of the animal. If the driver does not want it, any Illinois resident can claim the deer.

Those taking possession of the deer are not required to phone in a report and obtain a registration number for the deer, unless the deer is taken to a taxidermist or tannery.

If the deer is to be taken to a taxidermist or tannery, please call the IDNR Office of Law Enforcement at (217) 782-6431 to obtain a tag before delivering the deer.

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