New Lighting System Reduces Deer-Vehicle Collisions - Energy Watch News

New Lighting System Reduces Deer-Vehicle Collisions

Deer-vehicle collisions account for about 1 million accidents each year that kill 200 Americans, cause more than 10,000 personal injuries and result in $1 billion in vehicle damage, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The light bar illuminates a larger portion of the vehicle’s front surface than standard headlights alone, USDA said. In fact, the likelihood of dangerous interactions decreased from 35% to only 10% of vehicle approaches when using a rear-facing light bar plus headlights (bottom) versus just headlights (top) alone. Researchers attribute this to reduced instances of “freezing” behavior by deer when the light bar was used.

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