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      Illinois Vehicle Deer Crash Fatalities, Injuries
              Decline; McHenry County Added to Top 10 List for Deer
              Crashes
              IDOT, IDNR Urge Motorists to Drive Defensively and Be
              Alert for Wildlife on Illinois Roads
              SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of
              Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Department of
              Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that fatal
              crashes, injuries and the number of motorists killed
              in crashes involving deer declined in 2012. IDOT and
              IDNR also reminded motorists to once again be alert
              for deer along roadways during one of the most active
              periods of the year for wildlife activity.

“As deer hunters gear up for firearm season, we want
              to remind motorists to slow down, drive defensively,
              obey posted speed limits, eliminate all distractions
              and be especially alert for wildlife at night along
              Illinois roadways,” Illinois Transportation Secretary
              Ann L. Schneider said. “We are proud to see two
              consecutive years with fewer fatal and injury motor
              vehicle crashes involving deer, and we need your help
              to ensure that number continues to drop.”
              Motor vehicle crashes involving deer were responsible
              for four fatalities in 2012, a decrease from six
              fatalities in 2011. Injuries resulting from a motor
              vehicle – deer crash decreased from 613 in 2011 to
              608 in 2012.
              The number of deer-vehicle crashes decreased
              significantly to 15,489 in 2012, as compared to
              18,044 in 2011.
              The top 10 counties for collisions involving deer in
              2012 were:
              1.    Cook – 460
              2.    Madison – 456
              3.    Peoria – 432

              4.    Will – 370
              5.    Fulton – 368
              6.    Sangamon–335
              7.    Lake - 333
              8.    Pike – 288
              9.    McHenry - 279
              10.    Kane - 276
              Suggestions for motorists to avoid colliding with
              deer include:
              • 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.
              If a motor vehicle crash with involving a deer does
              occur, drivers and passengers should provide
              assistance to anyone injured. Contact local, county
              or state law enforcement to report the incident. Do
              not attempt to remove a dead or injured deer from the
              roadway. Illinois law requires that all crashes
              resulting in damage of at least $1,500 to be reported
              to police.
              An Illinois resident and driver of a motor vehicle
              involved in a vehicle-deer collision has priority in
              legally possessing white-tailed deer killed or
              injured as a result of a collision with the vehicle.
              If the driver does not take possession of the deer
              before leaving the collision scene, any citizen of
              Illinois who is not delinquent in child support may
              possess and transport the deer.
              Non-residents may not claim a road-killed deer.
              Individuals claiming such a deer must report the
              possession within 24 hours at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
              Individuals without Internet access can report such
              possession by calling (217) 782-6431 before 4:30 p.m.
              the next business day. If any part of the deer is
              going to be taken to a taxidermist or tannery, the
              person making the online or phone report is required
              to request a tag at the time of report.
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