Be on The Lookout for Deer


The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources are reminding motorists to be alert for deer, which are entering their peak active season, especially at dawn and dusk now through December. In 2022, there were over 14,000 crashes involving deer in Illinois.

Of those, 629 caused injuries and four of the crashes resulted in fatalities. If a collision is inevitable, officials say don’t veer. Try to glance your vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic or off the road. The top three Illinois counties for crashes involving deer are Cook, Madison and McHenry counties.

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