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Regional Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse (An Overview) Committee/Board Meeting and Workshop. UW-Madison Pyle Center February 4-5, 2002. PRESENTATION OUTLINE. Time-Tested Problem The Size of the Problem The Plan The Project Expected Results. NOT A NEW PROBLEM.

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Regional Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse(An Overview)Committee/Board Meetingand Workshop


Pyle Center

February 4-5, 2002

Presentation outline

  • Time-Tested Problem

  • The Size of the Problem

  • The Plan

  • The Project

  • Expected Results

National concern
NATIONAL CONCERN into Bus Windshield

  • Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Increase

  • Longer Commutes

  • Semi-Rural/Exurban Development

  • Increasing Deer Population

  • Downward Trend in Hunting

The upper midwest
THE UPPER MIDWEST into Bus Windshield

WISCONSIN into Bus Windshield

  • One of Six or Seven Crashes

  • Probably Higher

  • Injuries/Fatalities Increasing

  • Overall Percent/Rate Increasing

  • 2000 - Six Counties > 45%

  • 2000 - About 20,000 Reported

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The plan
THE PLAN into Bus Windshield

  • Deer Vehicle Collision Reduction Working Group Conference

  • Partners: DOT, DNR, and Sand County

  • Working Group Recommendations:

    • Promising Pathways

    • Center for Research Excellence

    • Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse

The dvcic project
THE DVCIC Project into Bus Windshield

  • July 2001 to July 2003

  • WisDOT Funded

  • Partners: DOT, DNR, Sand County, and UW (CEE, EPD, Ecology, and MRUTC)

  • Based at UW-Madison

  • Five Regional States: WI, MN, IL, MI and IA

The objectives
THE OBJECTIVES into Bus Windshield

  • Compile Current DVC-Related Knowledge

  • Develop/Promote Standard DVC-Related Research and DVC Data Collection/Information Management Approaches

The objectives cont
THE OBJECTIVES (CONT.) into Bus Windshield

  • Collect, Evaluate, and Analyze Regional DVC-Related Data

  • Create/Update DVC-Related Data Information System

The objectives cont1
THE OBJECTIVES (CONT.) into Bus Windshield

  • Distribute Useful DVC-Related Information/Findings:

    • Countermeasure Toolbox, Reviews, Standards Proposal, and Data Summaries

  • Long-Term:

    • Contribute to a Decrease in the Frequency and Severity of Deer-Vehicle Crashes (i.e., Useful Information and Monitoring)

    • “Destination of Choice”

Phase i deliverables
PHASE I - DELIVERABLES into Bus Windshield

  • Phase I (Year 1):

    • Research Knowledge and Gaps

    • Countermeasure Effectiveness Knowledge and Gaps (e.g., a toolbox)

    • Existing Data Collection Methods and Gaps

    • Suggested Research and Data Collection Standards

    • Begin to Populate Clearinghouse Webpage

Countermeasure toolbox

  • Advance Warning Signs

  • Noise/Sound/Whistle Devices

  • Roadside Reflectors

  • Fence

  • Wildlife Crossings

  • Motion Detectors/Changeable Warning Signs

  • Diversionary Feeding Areas

  • Roadside Vegetation Growth/Mowing

Some prelim conclusions

  • Conflicting Research Results

    • Variability in Data

    • Time, Area, and Dollars

  • One Common Solution Unlikely

  • Match Select Locations and Measures

  • Diversity of Stakeholders

  • Can Be Very Emotional Subject

Phase ii deliverables
PHASE II - DELIVERABLES into Bus Windshield

  • Phase II (Year 2):

    • Continue Clearinghouse Webpage Population

    • DVC Database

    • DVC Annual Summary

    • WisDOT Standardization Plan

  • Ongoing Activities:

    • Education, Public Information, Awareness

    • Webpage Updates

    • Papers/Presentations

    • Short Courses/Workshops

    • Media Kits

Ongoing info exchange
ONGOING INFO. EXCHANGE into Bus Windshield

  • Presented Project/Subject:

    • WI Governor’s Safety Conference

    • ICOET 2001 - Keystone, Colorado

    • 2002 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

  • Discussions with Numerous Media, Local/State Agencies, Academics, Entrepreneurs, and General Public

  • News Releases and Informational Brochure (at

  • Clearinghouse Page: www. Currently under review

  • Workshop Tomorrow

Updated schedule
UPDATED SCHEDULE into Bus Windshield

Expected project results

  • Improve the State-of-the-Art in DVC-Related Areas

  • Establish/Initiate a DVC Education, Research, and Information Clearinghouse

  • Provide a Useable Tool that Helps Improve Roadway Safety

  • Assist Decision-Makers, Educators, and Researchers in the DVC Reduction Area

Other activities
OTHER ACTIVITIES into Bus Windshield

  • TRB Subcommittee on Animal Vehicle Crash Mitigation

  • Montana State - ARTEMIS, Rural ITS, Benefit/Cost, Technology Evaluation

  • Utah State - Temporary Sign Impacts, National Agency Survey

  • North Carolina State - Center for Transportation and the Environment

  • AASHTO/FHWA Animal Mortality International Scanning Tour

Questions and discussion

Questions discussion

The problem
THE PROBLEM into Bus Windshield

  • Ave. Annual Costs of DVCs in US = $1.2 billion

  • Ave. Annual Deaths from DVCs in US = 178