Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From the Editor

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From the Editor

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I have a pair of trips to Indianapolis planned for this month. I'm scheduled to be in Indy tomorrow for the high school softball state finals, and then I have a doctor's appointment to check up on my always-troublesome left ankle at the end of the month. Now, getting to Indianapolis is never easy. I do look forward to the day when Interstate 69 reaches Bloomington, because then it will only take a trip up Indiana 37 to reach the south side of Indianapolis. But since I'm headed to Ben Davis High School tomorrow, I'll probably just take the dreaded U.S. 41 to Interstate 70 route.

One of the things about that route is - knock on wood - I have never hit an animal going that way. I've hit a deer on U.S. 231, and I've noticed there seem to be a lot of deer collisions on the new part of Interstate 69. But I guess Highway 41 has ben there long enough for the deer to find other ways around.

I do spend a good deal of time behind the wheel, and frankly the trips along Southern Indiana's winding two-lane highways can get kind of boring. Yes, the scenery is often very nice, especially in the Hoosier National Forest. But when you've made the drive to French Lick a few dozen times, it kind of loses some of its appeal.

Years ago, my wife and I made it kind of a sport to see how many different kinds of roadkill we could identify on our road trips. We don't do that so much anymore, because I think the kids would find it kind of creepy. But on a given trip we might find deer, skunks, possums, squirrels, dogs, cats, buzzards and more (weirdest ever: peacock). Until you start keeping count, you really have no idea how many birds get hit by cars.

Only once have we had a car seriously damaged by an animal collision, and the deer still wound up in worse shape than our minivan. While I know car-deer crashes can be very dangerous, it has never occurred to me until this week that in some places, the animals are a lot bigger than cars. …

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