Goodbye road kill.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has begun using a new system
that creates an electronic crosswalk for wildlife on an especially
dangerous highway. It uses infrared cameras to detect the presence of an
animal as small as a coyote or as large as an elk. When it detects an
animal, it sends a message to a computer that triggers warning signs.
Those signs light up so drivers know to slow down and be ready. There
have been more than 200 crashes between elk and vehicles on highway 260
during the past four years. The project cost about $1 million.