The Illinois Department of Transportation released figures Tuesday
showing a decline in fatal crashes involving deer. Such crashes
caused four people's deaths last year, down from six deaths in 2011.
Deer-vehicle collisions also dropped to 15,489 last year, compared
to just over 18,000 in 2011.
Transportation officials suggest that drivers be particularly wary
and reduce speed at dusk and dawn when deer are most active. If you
see deer, alert other drivers by tapping on the brakes. Deer will
cross the road and double back, so make sure they've moved out of
the area completely before driving on.
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