SPRINGFIELD, Ailing. (WCIA) – Fall is right here, and so is deer mating season.
Throughout this time between October and December, deer turn into extra lively particularly at daybreak and nightfall. Final 12 months, greater than 42% of crashes involving deer in Illinois occurred in October, November and December, with November being the highest-risk month.
Illinois Division of Transportation, Illinois Division of Pure Assets and the Champaign Sherriff’s Division are reminding motorists to apply security whereas on the street.
There are some essential elements when assessing your threat for street security, and the way deer exercise may impression your driving.
Time of day
“Please be cautious whereas on the street as deer are notably lively through the mating season within the fall and through busy driving instances round daybreak and nightfall,” mentioned IDNR Director Colleen Callahan.
Champaign Chief Deputy Sherriff Shannon Barrett additionally emphasizes taking further warning when driving throughout peak exercise instances, throughout nightfall and daybreak.
Moreover, Barrett advises the general public to make use of excessive beams at evening too.
Pay attention to your environment
IDOT and IDNR encourage drivers to pay attention to all environment, scan the perimeters of the street for eye shine, decelerate for a deer sighting, and put together for the sudden.
Deer may seem abruptly in shocking environments, so in addition they encourage everybody to be on alert, decelerate and listen in areas the place they’re recognized to journey.
“Visitors indicators are posted the place they’re for a cause,” Barrett mentioned. “Watch velocity limits. Be cautious in deer zones.”
Based on IDOT, rural environments had been the positioning of greater than 72% of all motorcar crashes involving deer, with greater than 71% occurring at twilight or nighttime.
Don’t veer for deer
If you happen to do come throughout a deer within the street, IDOT has a suggestion which will shock you.
“Don’t veer for deer,” mentioned Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “It may trigger you to lose management of your car and swerve into one other lane or off the street.”
Another excuse to not swerve, you could threat hitting multiple deer.
“Deer usually journey in teams, so if a deer crosses the street forward of you, there’s a good chance that one other will comply with,” mentioned Osman. “At all times be ready for the sudden. A deer would possibly cease in the midst of the street or double again.”
Keep in your car
IDOT and IDNR mentioned should you hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder of the street, flip in your hazard lights and name 911 to report the accident. Don’t exit the car to examine on an injured deer or pull it from the street.
In 2021, 14,522 motorcar crashes concerned deer in Illinois. Of those, 13,936 resulted in harm to property or automobiles, whereas 584 induced private accidents. Two of the crashes resulted in fatalities.