(AP) -- There were fewer injuries and fatalities from vehicle accidents with
deer last year in Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Transportation
released statistics Monday showing the decline. There were six fatal accidents
during 2011. That's down from ten in 2010. There were 613 injuries during 2011,
down from 634 in 2010. The total number of deer-related accidents during 2011
was more than 18,000. That total was about 17,100 in 2010.
Transportation officials say most crashes
were in rural areas or at twilight or night. They urge motorists to be cautious
because deer are most active during fall and winter.
County had the most deer
and vehicle collisions at more than 550. The top ten counties, in order,
include: Madison, Peoria,
Will, Fulton, Sangamon, Kane, Pike, Lake and LaSalle counties.