On Nov. 26, Council passed a motion allowing the Mayor to begin formal discussions with NOACA and ODOT about Avon Lake's participation in a state-paid deer vehicle reduction pilot study.
This potentially allows the city to to install solar-operated warning signs and traffic controls as a means of alerting drivers to nearby deer. Other communities have had success with highly visible, lighted deer crossing signs. Studies report reductions in accidents ranging from 20% to 70%!
We believe that hunting deer will not make an impact in DVA's, and, in all likelihood, will create a more dangerous traffic situation. Even hunters admit an injured deer will run for miles.
It is noteworthy that DVAs are DOWN in 2012.