SPRINGFIELD-- Deer are very active this time of year, especially on state roadways. I-Dot spokesperson Josh Kauffman says there were more than 18 thousand car accidents involving deer last year…
“Accidents involving deer were responsible for 6 fatalities in 2011, which actually represents a decrease from 2010, in which there were 10. Also injuries in accidents involving deer have decreased in both 2010 and 2011.”
To lower the risk, IDOT recommends reducing your speed near farm fields and wooded areas, be mindful that often times there is more than one deer crossing the road at a time. Kauffman says following some other simple steps will also keep you safe on the road.
“We advise motorists to be particularly cautious at dusk and dawn when deer are most active. Also reduce speed and be prepared to stop, especially near water and farm fields. We also encourage motorists to flash their headlights and honk their horn when deer are present on the road.”