Authorities urge motorists to be cautious as deer become more active

Opening day is a happy one for all the Illinois bow hunters out there, but for motorists, it cold be a different story.

Authorities say deer movement in central Illinois increases this time of year due to farmers working on the harvest, and even more deer will be on the move due to the start of the archery hunting season today.

All that deer movement, of course results in an increase in car/deer crashes.

In an effort to protect motorists during this time, State Farm Insurance has released the following tips:
– Pay extra attention while driving right after sunrise and during the evening and night hours
– Decrease your speed when driving near and around fields, wooded areas, and deep ditches
– If you see a deer, be aware that there may be more you cannot see
– If a deer runs in front of your vehicle, firmly apply your brakes and do not swerve
– If you see a deer in the road, stop, then tap your horn and flash your lights until it leaves
– If you are in a crash involving a deer, turn on your hazard lights and try to move your vehicle to the side of the road, then call law enforcement to report the crash.