Deer Vehicle Crash Information and Research (DVCIR) Center Pooled Fund
A pooled fund proposal has been advertised for the creation of a Deer-Vehicle Crash Information and Research Center (DVCIR Center). More information about the application and process can be found at http://www.pooledfund.org/projectdetails.asp?id=352& status=4. Updates on the pooled fund project and information about joining are available from the Director of the DVCIR Center (see the contact information under “About Us” on the home page).
Pooled Fund Summary
The overall objective of the project is to create a focal point center that strategically considers/disseminates unbiased deer-vehicle crash (DVC) impact information and funds properly designed countermeasure research evaluations. This proposal is in response to:
1) Decades of attempts and the expense of many many dollars to address a widespread and highly variable safety problem in a generally piecemeal fashion by a number of jurisdictions, and
2) Numerous suggestions that the current DVC Information Clearinghouse work (www.deercrash.org) be expanded beyond the upper Midwest region and into funding projects that properly address the large gaps that exist in the state-of-the-knowledge related to the safety impacts of potential DVC countermeasures.
A strategic plan is needed to begin to economically and effectively reduce the DVC safety problem. The projects completed by the DVCIR Center will be determined by representatives of the participating agencies (and, of course, depend on the funding available).
The hope is to have a wide range of participating agencies in the fund (e.g., DOTs, DNRs, insurance, trucking, non-profits, Ministries of Transportation and Environment, and any others that might be interested).