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Letter to the Editor: Residents Should Beware of Deer on Roadways

A local resident who was driving and struck a deer thinks signs should warn residents about deer crossings.

Dear Editor,

I think it is a necessity that the residents or anybody for that matter that drives on 25A needs to be aware of the deer population.

I never thought about a deer running out in front of my car in the middle of a populated area as Kings Park. I have a summer home in the Poconos and I am always very careful when I drive on the roads because of the deer all over the place.

Just last week, I was driving home, with a brand new car that I just drove out of a dealership just one hour prior, when a deer ran across the road, right in front of the Jewish Center on 25A (main street), hit the front of my car and needless to say caused damage to the the front end of my car. I was lucky no one in the car was hurt, but I believe there should be signs posted to alert people of deer crossings. It has now made me very aware to look in the open areas to see if there are deer present.

A gentleman who works in the parks department was right there at the time and said that this was the 3rd hit in the last three months or so and that there are an abundance of deer in the psychiatric area.

 

Sincerely,

Joann Herzog

Maureen Rossi November 30, 2011 at 07:57 PM
anyone who drives anywhere in this neighborhood should be aware of the deer, they have run in front of my car on St. Johnsland, on Landing (bik old buck 2 weeks back), on Old Dock etc.
Brian Rapp November 30, 2011 at 09:01 PM
A deer almost hit my car on Lawrence Road @ Kim Place.. They are everywhere!
Jm December 01, 2011 at 12:14 AM
See them run across 25a by the Jewish center every night! Hard to see and they don't look both ways before crossing
Sean Lehmann December 01, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Deer have been in Kings Park for a number of years now. Many belive that they came up from the south shore along the greenbelt trail. With two state parks (Sunken Meadow and Nissequogue River) Kings Park seems like a very likely place for deer to thrive. The Kings Park Civic Association has had a notice on their website for the past few years asking drivers to be mindful that deer could be along our roadways. I have just recently seen a deer along the railroad tracks off Pulaski Rd. It did not seem fazed by the train I was riding in. Deer crossing signs have been placed along Old Dock and St. Johnland Roads within the past couple of years. A sign would usually be erected after a deer has been hit and the incident reported. Drivers need to be aware that a number of native animal species have introduced themselves back to our area. Caution while driving is a must. If you hit a deer on our roads, please contact the police and report the incident. No action will be taken by the proper authorities unless they are notified.
bob iwanejko December 01, 2011 at 01:50 AM
they have signs on st Johnlands for the last year but waite to they start eating your garden ive seen then in Lloyd Harbor destroy a landscape in no time and a 6 foot fence does not stop them
John J. Gallagher December 01, 2011 at 01:45 PM
I've taken note of the verbiage found in the above comments. I was in Cutchogue the other night and the "locals" have learned to say: "a deer hit my car".....rather than "I hit a deer".....the words you use MAY affect an insurance decision.
Toby Everett December 01, 2011 at 03:15 PM
I have had deer pop out on me on Sunken Meadow Road. I is inevitable that someone will be hurt. This is a public safety issue and should be addressed by the town. A sign will only alert you, but not keep the deer from running in front of your car. What is going to happen when the state destroys the buildings in the hospital? Where will the deer, rodents and other wildlife run?
lisa costello December 01, 2011 at 09:42 PM
what exactly is your point?

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