Updated: December 1, 2011 8:24AM
SPRINGFIELD — Collisions between vehicles and deer in Illinois declined in 2010, according to the Department of Transportation.
The number of accidents involving deer dropped to 17,135 in 2010, a decrease from 18,849 in 2009 and the lowest total since 1999, according to IDOT data.
Kane County reeported 325 deer-vehicle collisions, and Will County’s 396 were the fifth-most in the state.
About 77 percent of the deer-car crashes in 2010 occurred on rural roadways and 67 percent occurred during periods of darkness.
Accidents involving deer were responsible for 10 human fatalities in 2010, an increase from six in 2009. Injuries because of an accident involving a deer decreased from 708 in 2009 to 634 in 2010.
IDOT officials, along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, remind motorists to be alert for deer along roadways during the animals’ most active period of the year.
“Deer crashes can be especially difficult to avoid., said Ann Schneider, acting Illinois transportation secretary. “The best measures to avoid accidents and injuries are to slow down, wear a safety belt and remain alert this fall driving through areas where deer are likely to be seen.”