For motorists, there is little scarier than seeing a large animal step out in front of one’s car. Collisions resulting from such instances can be as hazardous to the persons behind the wheel as to the animals. In an effort to cut down on such accidents, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration has decided to test out a new system for warding off wildlife. The agency will be installing what the Norwegian public is calling “disco poles,” long rods which flash LED lights and emit a high-pitched sound.
During the course of its testing, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration will be installing the devices on four select roads, spacing them 164 feet apart. One official from the agency says that if the testing goes well and proves the “disco poles” to be effective in warding off elk and other wildlife, the devices will be installed along all routes where frequent elk collisions occur. Disco poles are said to be much less expensive than fences.
There is no word about whether the disco poles’ effectiveness will be affected by the animals’ state of sobriety.
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