As we all witnessed a tremendous amount of carnage the past fall as a result of vehicles hitting deer on the nearby roads, one cant help but think that there are somethings that can be done to reduce these collisions. During a 45 day period in Oct/Nov it was not unusual to see 3 or 4 dead deer at the side of the road on the way to work. These regular occurances are dangerous for drivers and just cruel for the deer (and fox, ....).
Besides deer not being able to pay attention to the roads (especially in the pitch dark), one of the main problems for drivers is the very short window of time to spot the deer before its too late to slow down. Primary causes of this are: the area is dark, the right of ways are full of brush blocking driver sightlines, lack of alternative for a safe animal crossing, and lack of "deer proof" fencing that would stop and reguide deer to more routine and/or visible areas to cross.
Low cost solutions to contemplate include: 6' solar lights at the road edges, removal of brush 6' and below at and near ROW's, deerproof fences, numerous blinking light posts during rutting season, and possibly an animal underpass .
Other problems or solutions?
Great Falls Citizens Association
PO Box 27 • Great Falls, VA • 22066