Central Illinois officials warn drivers of ‘suicidal deer’

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PAXTON, Ill. – Drivers are being greeted with an unusual road sign that is sure to catch everyone’s attention.

According to the Sun Times Network, a sign that reads “suicidal deer” was placed on a rural road in Paxton by the Button Township Highway Department.

It was put up not because the deer actually are suicidal but as part of a campaign to try to cut down on deer and car crashes.

Button Township Highway Commissioner Ron Hilligoss says the idea came from his nephew who saw them in Colorado.

“He texted it to me, and I thought it was really a good thing because it gets your attention,” Hilligoss told the Sun Times.“So we had a Ford County Highway Department meeting and I said, ‘Can you get me these signs?’”

The Ford County Record reports that the sign is working so far, with no accidents being recorded this year.

The Button Township Highway Department plans to put up three more signs but is waiting to see if the first one survives, considering it could be a target for thieves.

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