D.O.T.: Consider Wildlife Fencing On Highways
Posted by Jennifer Smith on 30th Apr 2019
I'm sure you have taken notice to the fencing alongside major roadways and highways; and it's for good reason. Spring and summer are the most active times of year for deer movement; and these wild animals have no problem taking a leap of faith to cross over to the other side of the road - whether drivers are ready for them or not.
This, surprise, surprise, leads to motor vehicle accidents involving deer. Deer–vehicle collisions lead to about 200 human deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage every year! To reduce the number, department of transportation personnel are working diligently to install fencing along the highways to reduce the number of deer hopping into traffic lanes.
Summer is the top season for families to travel when the kids get out of school; and with Memorial Day around the corner (the kick off to summertime) late spring is the perfect time for D.O.T. staff to look into wildlife fencing to avoid roadside accidents. After all, the fall deer breeding season is contributing to the influx of deer populations drivers will see in the spring and summer.
Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the top holiday travel dates. Installing fencing before these holidays insures that families get from Point A. to Point B. safely.