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That time of the year, watch out for deer!

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

It's the time of year when deer are on the move. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Illinois State Police remind drivers to be on the look out for deer on the roads.

Jackson County is one of the top 10 counties in the state for crashes involving deer in 2014. Jackson County had 288 crashes involving deer in 2014.

The number of crashes involving deer rose slightly last year to more than 15,000. Four people were killed, 570 injured.

On average, nearly half of all accidents involving deer in Illinois happen in October, November, and December.

Approximately 80 percent of them happen on rural roads at twilight or nighttime.

Some tips for reducing your chances of hitting a deer include:  

  • slow down near water, farm fields, and wooded areas
  • deer often cross roads and double back, make sure deer have moved away from the road
  • if you see one deer, know that others may be close behind
  • tap your brakes to let other drivers know that you've spotted a deer
  • don't swerve into traffic or off the road if you see a deer, instead, slow to a stop.  

If you are involved in a crash with a deer:

  • Pull to a safe location off the road.
  • Be sure to turn on your emergency flashers.
  • If anyone is injured or the vehicle needs to be towed, a police officer will need to respond to the scene to complete a crash report.
  • If there are no injuries and the vehicle can be driven from the scene, it is likely that you can phone in the information and a crash report can be completed.
  • If you are phoning in the information for the crash report, be sure you have the following information available: time of crash, location of crash, vehicle registration information, insurance information, and names and phone numbers of any passengers in the vehicle with you at the time of the crash.

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