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McHenry County among top 10 statewide for deer-related accidents

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:24 p.m.CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 11:51 p.m.CDT

McHenry County had the ninth most motor vehicle accidents involving deer in 2012, according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The figures released Tuesday during one of the most active periods of the year for wildlife activity also shows a decline of fatal crashes and injuries statewide last year.

“As deer hunters gear up for firearm season, we want to remind motorists to slow down, drive defensively, obey posted speed limits, eliminate all distractions and be especially alert for wildlife at night along Illinois roadways,” Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said in a news release. “We are proud to see two consecutive years with fewer fatal and injury motor vehicle crashes involving deer, and we need your help to ensure that number continues to drop.”

The county had a total of 279 deer-related collisions last year, data shows. Lake and Kane counties had the seventh and tenth most with 333 and 276, respectively.

Cook and Madison counties led the way in 2012 with 460 and 456 deer-related accidents.

Statewide, deer-vehicle crashes decreased significantly to 15,489 in 2012 from 18,044 in 2011. Vehicle accidents involving deer accounted for four fatalities last year compared to six in 2011, and injuries from those crashes slightly decreased to 608 from 613 in 2012.

Motorists are encouraged to contact their local, county or state law enforcement agency to report an accident involving deer, and should not attempt to remove a dead or injured deer from the roadway.

State law requires that all crashes resulting in damage of at least $1,500 be reported to police.

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