SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois officials are announcing that vehicle crashes involving deer in the state declined in 2010, and they urge motorists to drive carefully again this fall.
There were 17,135 motor vehicle accidents involving deer in 2010. That's a 9 percent drop from the previous year and the lowest in Illinois since 1999.
But such accidents resulted in ten fatalities last year, up from six a year earlier.
The Illinois Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources released the figures Tuesday.
Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says deer crashes are difficult to avoid. She advises slowing down, wearing a safety belt and remaining alert during the fall -- particularly at dusk and dawn -- when deer are most active.