Identifying Deer-Vehicle Collision Concentrations in Minnesota

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Summary:

In Minnesota, deer-vehicle collisions are a significant safety issue and Minnesota regularly ranks in the Top 10 riskiest states for deer-vehicle collisions. Thousands of deer-vehicle collisions occur on Minnesota roads each year, with dozens resulting in serious injury or death. Approximately 1-2% of all traffic fatalities and serious injuries are caused by deer vehicle collisions – though this is likely an underestimate given uncertainties surrounding the cause of many accidents. This research seeks to develop an increased understanding of collisions in Minnesota and develop tools to prioritize mitigation in order to reduce the threat to motorists and the costs to society imposed by this safety challenge. The project will develop a state-wide predictive model to identify deer-vehicle collision risk spatially and temporally.

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