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Illinois car-deer crash fatalities down in 2011

(MCT) — SPRINGFIELD — Fewer motorists died in 2011 as a result of car-deer accidents, and only one Pantagraph-area county made the top 10 list of counties with the highest overall number of car-deer accidents.

The information was released Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Statewide, there were slightly more than 18,000 car-deer accidents in 2011, up from 17,135 in 2010, but fewer than in 1009.

The top counties for collisions involving deer in 2011 were Cook, 554; Madison, 472; Peoria, 435; Will, 422; Fulton, 417; Sangamon, 410; Kane, 395; Pike, 362; Lake, 360; LaSalle, 339.

Most car-deer accidents occur on rural roads at twilight.

Deer are most active at dusk and dawn.

Motorists should be aware of their surroundings and prepare to slow or stop if needed.

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

If in an accident involving a deer, contact the nearest law enforcement agency.

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