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Safe Driving Tips for Motorists During Deer Season

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Press Release Date: October 1, 2002    || Archived October 20, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) urges all motorists to use caution while traveling throughout Illinois this fall to avoid crashes with deer. Drivers should be especially cautious at dusk through the early evening hours and during the hours before sunrise when deer are the most active.

“Last year five motorists were killed and 916 people injured in 22,933 crashes involving deer, many of which occurred during hours of darkness. Motorists should reduce their speed, especially in rural and suburban areas, and be prepared to stop in order to avoid a crash with a deer,” said ISP Director Sam W. Nolen.

The Illinois State Police encourages motorists to drive defensively during the deer season by following these safety tips:

  • Slow down and be prepared to stop.
  • When encountering deer on a roadway, flash the vehicle’s headlights from bright to dim and honk the horn to encourage it to move along.
  • Warn drivers following you of the presence of deer by tapping on the brakes.
  • Ensure everyone is buckled up to avoid serious injury in the event of a crash.

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