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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:44 PM

Why do we put Deer Crossings right on the Highway?

The (viral) deer crossing lady may be seriously confused or may be pranking, but either way her complaint is very funny.

She says she has had three car accidents on the highway involving deer, and in each case the accident occurred shortly after passing a deer crossing sign.

Why does the government put the deer crossing signs on busy highways? That encourages the deer to cross at the worst possible place! The signs should be moved to less traveled roads where the deer can cross safely.

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Reply Why do we put Deer Crossings right on the Highway? (Original post)
cthulu2016 Oct 2012 OP
slackmaster Oct 2012 #1
Raven Oct 2012 #2
pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #8
geckosfeet Oct 2012 #3
PCIntern Oct 2012 #4
cthulu2016 Oct 2012 #10
treestar Oct 2012 #5
cthulu2016 Oct 2012 #6
chalky Oct 2012 #19
SheilaT Oct 2012 #7
PotatoChip Oct 2012 #9
cthulu2016 Oct 2012 #20
malaise Oct 2012 #11
Phentex Oct 2012 #13
pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #15
benld74 Oct 2012 #12
LWolf Oct 2012 #14
Zorra Oct 2012 #16
nadinbrzezinski Oct 2012 #30
Doremus Oct 2012 #34
nadinbrzezinski Oct 2012 #35
marybourg Oct 2012 #17
kentauros Oct 2012 #37
marybourg Oct 2012 #38
kentauros Oct 2012 #39
left is right Oct 2012 #18
ohheckyeah Oct 2012 #21
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cthulu2016 Oct 2012 #22
librechik Oct 2012 #23
CreekDog Oct 2012 #24
MineralMan Oct 2012 #25
amborin Oct 2012 #26
ProdigalJunkMail Oct 2012 #32
amborin Oct 2012 #33
ProdigalJunkMail Oct 2012 #36
KansDem Oct 2012 #27
Politicalboi Oct 2012 #28
Uben Oct 2012 #29
IDemo Oct 2012 #31

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:45 PM

1. Highways tend to be very long

 

It's pretty hard to go around one.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:45 PM

2. They are supposed to stop and look both ways. :-)

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Response to Raven (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:55 PM

8. The only sure way to make them stop...

...is to catch them in your headlights.






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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:46 PM

3. I think the deer choose their own crossing points.

We run roads right through their habitats.

Thankfully they do not resort to semi-automatic weapons and explosives to counter the invasion into their habitat.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:50 PM

4. "Falling Rocks" signs as well!!!

Last edited Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:29 PM - Edit history (1)

Inconvenient and dangerous!!

of course!

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:12 PM

10. There's a reason some people hate the government

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:50 PM

5. If pranking, she does a good job

of sounding serious the whole way through. Maybe a budding comedian.

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Response to treestar (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:53 PM

6. She sounds so smart and composed that

I came away wondering whether she was really that dumb, and she doesn't rise to the DJ's bait.

But either way, it should be taught to school kids as a lesson about cause and effect.

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Response to treestar (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:22 PM

19. She sounds like she's about to crack up at 1:20.

I think this is a prank.





I hope this is a prank.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:54 PM

7. Because we build highways where the deer already roam.

One hopes the deer crossing lady is being tongue-in-cheek, but never underestimate the stupidity of anyone.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:00 PM

9. OMG that is hilarious!



The weird thing is that the caller sounds totally normal in that she is able to communicate intelligently enough. Yet the IQ level of this woman has to be seriously out of whack.



Are you sure this is for real?

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Response to PotatoChip (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:39 PM

20. No, not sure at all

I think it may be sincere or may be Don Novello style performance art... but it says a lot that it's hard to say for sure.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:20 PM

11. I posted that link a few days ago

That woman needs her meds urgently

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Response to malaise (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:27 PM

13. There was also a version of this which was just a sign

I think it was paper but it was the same sentiment. I'd swear I saw it on DU.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:30 PM

15. Another version was a photocopy of a newspaper clipping of an LTTE

That one was being circulated a few years ago.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:25 PM

12. Obviously a republican voter who believes ANYTHING in PRINT

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:29 PM

14. School Crossings.



Actually, deer DO cross near the school crossing zones at my school; we get one or two early morning deer trying to find their way out of the playground every year.

Happily, knowing when the local deer population are likely to be out and about, I've only had one small situation. I didn't hit a deer; the deer hit me. My back bumper. No casualties.

I DID once come across a stag with a big rack lying down in the middle of the rural road I take home; he stopped the sparse traffic in both directions. Nobody wanted to mess with him, so we all sat in our cars and made some noise until he got up and hopped into a pasture on the side of the road.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:34 PM

16. Yep. I've often wondered the same thing myself. And you know what's even worse?

It's where they put those jackalope crossings. I know that jackalopes prefer the flat desert areas of the west, but why do they have to put jackalope crossings smack dab in the middle of an 80 mile an hour zone straightaway on the interstates? It's, like, totally stupid. For one thing, they are a protected species; why can't they just make the crossing go under the highway? Like, duh. We have a crossing not too far from where I live, and one of my neighbors nearly went off the road when a jackalope ran out in front of her Jeep a few weeks back.

Here's a photo from the jackalope crossing nearby, out on Interstate 17.



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Response to Zorra (Reply #16)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:14 PM

30. on a serious note

they have tried tunnels under freeways...critters don't like them

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #30)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:05 PM

34. Bridges over freeways are well-used by animals.

No time to find the links, but there are several such bridges in use in parts of this country and also Canada iirc.

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Response to Doremus (Reply #34)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:06 PM

35. see, I love this place

we all learn something from time to time. I knew of the tunnels, but not the bridges.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:49 PM

17. Near where I live, a homeowner organization

put a series of white stripes across the road to simulate a cattle barrier, hoping the cattle would recognize the pattern and avoid it, then to convince the cattle it was a real barrier, they put up a "cattle barrier" sign.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #17)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:42 PM

37. I remember reading of that technique,

though it only works for cattle that have experience real cattle guards (pipes welded together side-by-side with a few inches of space between.) Although the technique didn't use a sign stating what it was. I think it was only used in place of a real barrier. I'd say the sign was more for those humans unfamiliar with it than the cattle

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Response to kentauros (Reply #37)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:59 PM

38. But humans know that it's not a cattle crossing.

It's merely a series of stripes painted across the road to humans; there's no noise or tooth-jarring bumping or danger to ankles if someone wants to get out and walk. If they wanted to tell humans what it is, they should say "simulated cattle crossing".

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Response to marybourg (Reply #38)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:30 PM

39. Except that it still performs the purpose of a barrier.

So, the sign is correct, even if it's only simulated

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:16 PM

18. I had to text that to my daughter

she will assume that I am an idiot

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:20 PM

21. Bless her heart....

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:43 PM

22. .

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:07 PM

23. good thing none of them could read the "bus" icon

that would be even more tragic!

But they can of course read the deer crossing signs, and choose to cross there.

Now if we can just teach the drivers to read them....

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:10 PM

24. they don't understand cars until they are hit by one

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:41 PM

25. Signs like the one below used to be everywhere,

but weren't digital:



My father, comic that he is, never failed to say, "I didn't know wildlife (deer, cattle, pedestrians) could tell time." If we heard that one time from my Dad, we heard it a thousand times. Lame, but a great childhood memory.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:45 PM

26. why do we put highways right through deer habitat?

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Response to amborin (Reply #26)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:27 PM

32. because you wouldn't have a road

in about 80% of the US...

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #32)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:32 PM

33. roads=development

Development=strip malls, subdivisions, concrete, pollution, habitat destruction, species extirpation

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Response to amborin (Reply #33)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:15 PM

36. i get it ...

you prefer deer (or any animal) over human expansion.

sP

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:48 PM

27. How about this alternative?

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:51 PM

28. I'm just so tired of moving

They say accidents happen within 15 miles of your house.

Poor deers. I wish they would make underpasses for them. If they made the underpass put out some kind of smell that would make them go into the direction of the underpass at least on busy highways. Or if technology keeps going, use the roads to produce energy and make them tingle according to traffic. The more traffic, the more tingle. It would keep cats and dogs off the streets too.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:10 PM

29. Yeah, and why do they put RR tracks on the ground?

If they raised em all up 30 ft or so, I'd never have to wait on one them bastards again!

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:15 PM

31. Wasn't there a Far Side cartoon

Where deer lined up at a "Deer X'ing" sign for a painter to put an "X" on them?

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