Deer-crossing and children-at-play signs may soon be rare on Minnesota roads

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 11, 2013 - 11:14 PM

Some signs like “deer crossing,” which officials say do little to promote safety, are being phased out in Carver County and elsewhere.

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simplyheidiOct. 11, 1310:16 PM

The deer crossing signs actually do help to remind me to be on the look out for deer and to slow down. Coming from the Twin Cities and then driving out to the country I have to admit I can forget to be watching the ditches/fields for deer, raccoon, and other animals crossing. Although I have had to stop suddenly while driving through neighborhoods in Eagan and Apple Valley because of deer as well.

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vampress_meOct. 11, 1310:20 PM

"MnDOT has been taking down deer-crossing signs on state highways since 2005. The reason...there’s no evidence that they have reduced deer-vehicle crashes or caused drivers to slow down. " They may have reduced crashes if the deer had learned to cross the roads by the signs.

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imperatorgOct. 11, 1310:27 PM

I would think children are important enough to protect, even if some people don't pay attention but I guess the DOT knows best. Of course, they thought the I-35 bridge was safe.

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SpaceVikingOct. 11, 1311:27 PM

If you drive in a rural area every spot along the road with woods in site is a deer crossing. Those of us who live here know this. About the only place where I have never seen deer running across the road near where I live is by the one set of old deer crossing signs.

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commonsenserOct. 11, 1311:31 PM

Good, because the deer never payed attention to those signs anyways.

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jessy03Oct. 12, 13 4:43 AM

They should be replaced by signs saying "your speed is being checked by radar". The only thing that might slow people down is their pocketbook.

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vikesgr8fanOct. 12, 13 6:31 AM

At the very least when I see signs like these they tend to make me more vigilant.

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wa0tdaOct. 12, 13 6:38 AM

Reducing ineffective signs does remove visual clutter. Maybe the remaining signs will then be noticed more often.

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TeddyWelshOct. 12, 13 7:03 AM

"Other signs on the way out include warnings about hidden driveways, blind approaches". I am not so sure that removing signs about hidden driveways and blind approaches is a good idea. These can be real hazards and when I do see such signs I slow down.

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boris123Oct. 12, 13 7:19 AM

Non essential spending by govt. End it now.

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