Ten worst states for deer/auto collisions.


Aarow

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I don't know if I should be rooting for Minnesota or not. Is this someting to be proud of?
 

macartistkel

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Really people...this should come standard on everyone's cars to protect animals from getting hit! Buy one if you live where there is a lot of deer and animals on the road.

http://www.petacatalog.org/prodinfo.asp?number=AT376&variation=&aitem=1&mitem=4

Also if you are on a road late at night and deer are around just hold down your horn for a little while.....it scares all animals and you will not have to worry about them running out in front of you!!
 

macartistkel

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Damn it, that article says the special car whistle doesn't work on deer...WTF??? :confused:

Oh well, keep the high beams on and HOLD down your horn when traveling through deer populated areas. I do that all the time to protect cute little raccoons and possums!!! :)
 

devilot

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macartistkel said:
Damn it, that article says the special car whistle doesn't work on deer...WTF??? :confused:
For those too lazy to seek it out:
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In order to avoid such collisions, State Farm says drivers should use their high-beam headlights as much as possible to illuminate deer hiding on the side of the road and to not rely on car-mounted 'deer whistles,' which studies show not to affect the animal.
macartistkel said:
Oh well, keep the high beams on and HOLD down your horn when traveling through deer populated areas. I do that all the time to protect cute little raccoons and possums!!! :)
They're not that 'little' and they're definitely not that 'cute.' A few years ago three raccoons decided to knock over our trash can and sift through everything. They were HUGE!!! And when I went outside w/ a broom to attempt to shoo them away, they just blinked at me and continued w/ their business. Seriously, they were ginormous! I ran back into the house calling for my daddy. :p And I hate drivers who don't turn off their high beams when it is evident (from headlights) that another car is coming around the bend or approaching. ARGH!
 

kgarner

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Never been in a deer/auto collision. But I was involved in a cow/auto collision (I wasn't driving, I was like 4 or 5) . Where's the top ten list for that?
 

Prelude2Tragedy

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Im surprised Jersey isnt on the list. I guess since the state is small, but i see a dead deer on the side of the road almost every other week. Not to mention live deer on the side of the roads every night. I remember one story a few years ago of a deer being hit on the highway and lauched the deer feet first through this on coming cars windshield.
 

nbs2

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A geographical oddity
total != worst

Only problem with this is that it doesn't consider the per mile or per car rate, just the total. How else can you explain VA and PA making the list and MD not. I would like to the the states where a driver is more likely to hit a deer. I can quickly think of two instances in the last month where I almost hit a deer on a road - and I don't know how many times I may not ahve seen them just outside the light projection.

And Mongo - congrats to your son on his Eagle. It really is amazing how few people get it. I'm sure both of you must be relieved it's all over (or is he going to do the palm thing...most Eagles I know called it quits).
 

MongoTheGeek

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nbs2 said:
Only problem with this is that it doesn't consider the per mile or per car rate, just the total. How else can you explain VA and PA making the list and MD not. I would like to the the states where a driver is more likely to hit a deer. I can quickly think of two instances in the last month where I almost hit a deer on a road - and I don't know how many times I may not ahve seen them just outside the light projection.
I've seen the deer in your area. They are really kinda nuts with the numbers. You need more hunting. Even bow hunting would make a big improvement.
 

EJBasile

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I think my state, or town :) should be on the list.

A bunch of my neighbors have hit deer.

One time this guy stopped because deer were crossing the road, and all of a sudden 3 deer came out of the woods and ran into his brand new mercedes.
 

MacDawg

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I've hit one in GA, and had unnumbered near misses
My daughter hit one

I narrowly missed one last night

Fresh kills on the road every week

Woof, Woof – Dawg
 

thedude110

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This is stupid. Pennsylvania is massive and has many deer. Of course it's number one.

Such a championship should be fought over average number of deer hit per resident. Factor in moose and Maine would be whooping on everybody ...
 

jsw

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I think the solution is obvious: wolf breeding. More wolves = fewer deer. PETA can't protest that.
:)
 

runninmac

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ohcrap said:
I didn't even look, I knew we'd be on there. :)
Yep were 2nd! Woot! But seriously Ive been driving for 4 months now and 3 seperate nights have almost hit dear and hunting season is starting soon:(. Luckly I have missed them all 3 times.
 

zelmo

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I think if they factored in per capita data, or something else to level the playing field, Maryland would by high on the list. There are roads I simply will not use in the early morning hours during peak deer season, and I still come across several carcasses every week.

And what is up with these idiots who see a deer on the highway, then stop and cut the head off? "Nice buck you got on the wall there, Stan. But why does the side of it's head have a nasty case of road rash?":rolleyes:
 

pseudobrit

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Too many deer is a bad thing. I almost hit one on my bike at 20mph this summer. And I'm talking 20 lbs o' aluminium, not 500 o' iron.

Better to have them hunted more and shot dead for food than to have them hitting cars, eating crops and starving to death because of the overpopulation. In my part of PA, the opening day of hunting season is an official school holiday in some districts (!) but the number of hunters continues to dwindle. I think they need to make it a state holiday and force businesses to close to encourage more hunting. Tax holiday on rifle sales, licenses, etc. (I'm not a hunter, either)

I've heard the Amish around here are just monsters with the way they hunt them: catch a whole herd crossing a field, line up a dozen riflemen and just unload until nothing's left standing. Then they take half a dozen of the kills and leave the rest to rot.