Illinois State Police advising drivers to look out for deer

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PEORIA - The Illinois State Police is warning motorists throughout the state to watch out for deer this fall, especially in rural areas.

The department says autumn is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drivers, as more than 20,000 deer are involved in traffic accidents in Illinois each year.  State police also say many of those accidents occur during dawn or dusk.

According to safety education officer Trooper Tracy Lillard, wooded areas, cultivated fields, and plains are common settings for traffic accidents involving deer.  Instead of swerving to avoid deer, Lillard says drivers should brake and steer within their designated lane.

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