4 November 2006
This will cost a few bucks
I question the timing. About five months after Sandy and Bambi fought to the death on a lonesome Oklahoma two-lane, the Oklahoman comes up with a piece on deer/auto collisions.
Things I didn't know:
- October and November are the prime months for such things around here, inasmuch as it's mating season.
- Nationwide there are about 1.5 million accidents involving deer, resulting in $1.1 billion in damage. (This works out to $733 per incident, a figure at which I wince: my insurance adjuster told me they just stopped counting at six thousand.)
- So-called "deer whistles," which are supposed to repel the critters, don't.
I may buy one of those whistles anyway, since friends swear by them; but I'll pass it off as a tiger whistle.
"But there aren't any tigers for ten thousand miles!"
"See how well it works?"
Posted at 9:41 AM to Driver's Seat
I have personally seen multiple tigers within ten miles of your house. And lions, but no bears, oh my.
Unlikely they would end up on the road, regardless.
i have a couple of distant relatives that claim the deer whistles work. i'm not terribly inclined to believe them, but 1) they are a lot cheaper than even one insurance payment, and 2) they couldn't hurt.