Colorado protects wildlife in speed zones
Here's an interesting idea for Maryland legislators: Colorado has just adopted a new law allowing state highway officials to set up wildlife crossing zones with lower speed limits and higher speeding fines -- not unlike school zones for animals. Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. just signed the Wildlife Crossing Zones Traffic Safety Bill into law today.
This legislation is obviously an easy target for jokes, but when you consider the damage and human injury a vehicle-animal collision can cause, maybe it's not so ludicrous -- especially for a Western state with a lot of big critters. The bill requires that any such zones be set up in places with a demonstrable record of such crashes, a provision that seems to make sense.
Maybe Maryland drivers aren't willing to slow down for migrating deer, even though a big old buck flying across a windshield is a daunting prospect. But hitting one of those bears out in Allegany and Garrett counties could be even more perilous. It would be great if some intrepid lawmaker would put in a version of the Colorado bill. At least it would make for a lively hearing.