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Vehicle-Deer Research

Deer-Vehicle Crashes in Michigan: An Examination of Available Options and New Ideas (PDF, 183KB) -- Published by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in 2001, this report examines the deer crash problem on three different levels: 

Michigan Car-Deer Survey Results (PDF, 266 KB, 49 pages) -- This 28-question survey of 612 respondents was conducted by EPIC-MRA in the autumn of 2000. Respondents who were involved in a collision with a deer were asked what actions they took in order to avoid a collision, and respondents who had never been in a collision with a deer were asked what actions they might take if they were about to hit a deer. All respondents were asked about their views on the importance of various traffic safety issues.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AFFECTING THE FREQUENCY AND RATE OF DEER-VEHICLE CRASHES (DVCs) IN SOUTHERN MICHIGAN (PDF, 883KB) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Transportation funded this study with the goal to improve the quality of life for citizens by alleviating the number of annual DVCs through a better understanding of environmental factors affecting DVCs. Project objectives included: 1) identify and assess environmental factors affecting the frequency and rate of DVCs in southern Michigan, 2) develop predictive models that explain why DVCs occur on the landscape, and 3) based on knowledge gained in objectives 1 and 2, provide management recommendations on how environmental factors could be managed to reduce the frequency of DVCs.

DEER-VEHICLE COLLISIONS: AN UNDERSTANDING OF ACCIDENT CHARACTERISTICS AND DRIVERS ATTITUDES, AWARENESS AND INVOLVEMENT (PDF, 1553KB) - The Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan Institute for Public Policy and Social Research funded this study which examined situations in which the risks of an accident involving deer are greatest, seasonal and daily patterns of DVCs, attitudes towards and awareness and knowledge of DVCs, and reporting rates of DVCs among licensed drivers in Southeast Michigan. The purpose of this study was to identify an characterize drivers involvement in or at risk to DVCs, and identify educational opportunities to reduce the frequency of DVCs in Michigan.