SPRINGIFELD – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials are reminding drivers to watch for deer with activity increasing for mating season.
They noted heightened activity at dawn and dusk from October through November.
In 2019, a total of 16,213 crashes involved deer in Illinois. Of those 15,605 resulted in damage to property or vehicles, while 604 caused personal injuries. Four of the crashes were fatal.
More than 40% of crashes involving deer in Illinois occurred in October, November and December, with November being the highest-risk month. Rural environments were the site of more than 90% of all motor vehicle crashes involving deer, with more than 70% occurring at twilight or nighttime.