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Building new fences to keep deer off interstates
FLORIDA -- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 1.5 million car accidents involving deer per year.
The Florida Department of Transportation is trying to prevent the accidents from happening by replacing current fencing on the interstate with wildlife fencing.
The project has already started in Santa Rosa county on 1-10.
Tax payers will be footing the bill.
Randy Fuqua: "It's not unusual to see a lot of dead deer and animals along side the road, so yeah I think a fence is a good idea."
"They are real tall and look very well constructed I don't think anything could jump over them."
Darwin Melton: "It killed the deer and messed up the radiator on the vehicle."
"It's something that will benefit people."
David Thomas: "At night I actually lower my speed a little bit because you can't react as fast when you are out on the road like that."
"I wish all the states would actually do that, it would cut down on the accidents and preserve wildlife as well."
"It's for a good cause so I think so there are many other things they spend our tax dollars on that could be used elsewhere."
"Currently fencing like this is what lines the intestates in Florida, but DOT officials say it's not good enough..."
"That's why it's being gradually replaced with this taller wildlife fencing to keep animals from crossing the road."
"DOT hopes to have the project completed by this summer."