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Ill. village installs turtle crossing signs

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VERNON HILLS, Ill. (Associated Press) - A suburban Chicago community wants fast drivers to hit the brakes to make way for turtles.

Vernon Hills Public Works Director David Brown says the village is on a mission because there was "a significant amount of carnage last year" when dozens of turtles died while inching across roads.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the temporary signs are being installed in subdivisions near a channel that's popular with the slow-moving creatures.

Gary Glowacki is a wildlife biologist with the Lake County Forest Preserve District who says reptile awareness is increasing. He adds "June is the most dangerous time to be a turtle."

Vernon Hills began putting up the signs several years ago, but Glowacki says he's fielding additional requests from residents trying to keep the crawling critters safe.

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