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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

UW-Madison

Pyle Center

February 4-5, 2002

presentation outline
PRESENTATION OUTLINE
  • Time-Tested Problem
  • The Size of the Problem
  • The Plan
  • The Project
  • Expected Results
national concern
NATIONAL CONCERN
  • Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Increase
  • Longer Commutes
  • Semi-Rural/Exurban Development
  • Increasing Deer Population
  • Downward Trend in Hunting
wisconsin
WISCONSIN
  • One of Six or Seven Crashes
  • Probably Higher
  • Injuries/Fatalities Increasing
  • Overall Percent/Rate Increasing
  • 2000 - Six Counties > 45%
  • 2000 - About 20,000 Reported
the plan
THE PLAN
  • 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
  • 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
  • Compile Current DVC-Related Knowledge
  • Develop/Promote Standard DVC-Related Research and DVC Data Collection/Information Management Approaches
the objectives cont
THE OBJECTIVES (CONT.)
  • Collect, Evaluate, and Analyze Regional DVC-Related Data
  • Create/Update DVC-Related Data Information System
the objectives cont1
THE OBJECTIVES (CONT.)
  • 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
  • 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
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
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
  • 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
  • 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 www.mrutc.org)
  • Clearinghouse Page: www. deercrash.com Currently under review
  • Workshop Tomorrow
expected project results
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
  • 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
the problem
THE PROBLEM
  • Ave. Annual Costs of DVCs in US = $1.2 billion
  • Ave. Annual Deaths from DVCs in US = 178
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