Mating season means more Illinois auto crashes with deer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois motorists should beware of more deer activity this time of year, particularly at dawn and dusk.

Officials from the Illinois Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation note that it’s deer mating season, meaning more deer will be on the move — and crossing roads.

Transportation Secretary Omer Osman urges motorists to be watchful and remember the rule, “Don’t veer for deer.”

“While the urge to swerve is instinctual, it could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or drive into oncoming traffic, increasing the severity of a crash,” Osman said in a statement.

Officials say motorists should be aware of their surroundings, especially in areas marked with deer crossing signs. They should scan the roadside for “eye shine,” the reflection of headlights in the animals’ eyes.

And when a deer is spotted, slow down. They travel in groups, so more are likely nearby.

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Illinois Milex Complete Auto Care owner Al Martin named brand’s franchisee of the year

MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. — Moran Family of Brands has named Al Martin, a Milex Complete Auto Care franchisee since 2015, its Milex franchisee of the year in recognition of his business’ “outstanding service” to customers and for providing support for fellow franchisees and the entire system.

Mr. Martin, who started in the Moran corporate office over a quarter century ago, opened a franchised Multistate Transmission store in Napeville, Ill., 25 years ago and co-branded that shop five years ago with Moran’s Milex auto repair franchise.

He also was a Moran franchisee of the year in 2016.

Moran Family of Brands names a top franchisee for each of its brands — AltaMere, Milex, Mr. Transmission, Multistate Transmission and Dr. Nick’s Transmission — every year. Moran franchisees vote for the awards.

“Congratulations to each of our franchisee of the year winners,” Moran President Peter Baldine said.

“They have all owned their respective locations

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