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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 34 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 34

(By Delegate Wells)




Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study deer/vehicle collisions (DVC) in West Virginia and establish public-private partnerships between the State and insurance companies to address and reduce DVC and to fund DVC countermeasures.

Whereas, DVC across the United States, including West Virginia, are a significant and increasing safety problem; and
Whereas, Nationwide, an estimated 1.5 million DVC occur annually, resulting in $1 to $2 billion in economic losses (e.g., insurance claims, property damage, time off work, etc.) twenty-nine thousand personal injuries, and more than two hundred human fatalities; and
Whereas, In West Virginia, the number of white-tailed deer reportedly killed by vehicles annually has risen substantially from just over two thousand in 1978 to just over nineteen thousand in the year 2007; and
Whereas, The DVC problem and its potential countermeasures are complex, interdisciplinary issues with significant transportation safety implication; and
Whereas, Numerous methods have been used to minimize DVC, include, in vehicle technologies, deer whistles, roadway lighting, speed limit reductions, deicing salt alternatives, deer-flagging models, intercept feeding, passive deer crossing signs, dynamic deer crossing signs and sensors, roadside reflectors and mirrors, deer repellants, deer herd reduction, public information and education, roadside vegetation management, exclusionary fencing, wildlife crossings and roadway maintenance, design and planning policies; and
Whereas, The efficacy of many of these DVC countermeasures have proven to be ineffective. However, some of these measures show promise and should be more fully evaluated using science based, research methodologies; and
Whereas, The complexity and interdisciplinary nature of the DVC problem and its countermeasures requires adequate research, funding, development of effective partnerships and appropriate exchange of information and technology; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study deer/vehicle collisions (DVC) in West Virginia and establish public-private partnerships between the state and insurance companies to address and reduce DVC and to fund DVC countermeasures; and, be it
Further Resolved, That representatives from Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute at Marshall University, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University, West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner, West Virginia Department of Transportation, and West Virginia Division of Natural resources and insurance companies from the state be appointed to serve on a committee charge with investigating the wide range of issues, concerns and contributing factors associated with DVC in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the committee prepare recommendations designed to effectively reduce DVC and fund DVC countermeasures in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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