Addressing Deer Vehicle Accidents at the Community Scale. Elizabeth I. Rogers, Ph.D. Dean B. Premo, Ph.D. White Water Associates, Inc. Amasa, MI. Creating a Town Deer-Vehicle Accident Management Plan. Project Goals.
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Addressing Deer Vehicle Accidents
at the Community Scale
Elizabeth I. Rogers, Ph.D.
Dean B. Premo, Ph.D.
White Water Associates, Inc.
The town has abundant open space that provides habitat for deer.
Before, During, and After Lethal Control
Nearly 1/2 of all collisions occur in the fall
More accidents in the rural parts of town where development and ample open space are intermixed.
45 mph roads
35 mph roads
Examined by Management Zone
To deer, all parks are not equal.
Even some small parks have a high density of DVAs nearby
Calculated DVAs/square mile (using density function in ArcView Spatial Analyst®)
Most accidents concentrate where development and open space interface.
A mixture of land uses typifies most “hot spots.”
A mixture of land uses with about 50% open land and most of the rest developed
Areas without “hot spots” differ in land uses
They are dominated by development or by open land
INTEGRATED AND ADAPTIVE
Influence Human Behavior
Influence Deer Behavior
Affect Deer Population
Use data to...
Sign from Kent County, MI
Difficulty in conducting statistical tests has been a perpetual problem in testing of warning reflectors
To coexist with deer