Dear (add name of DOT official here):
I’m writing to you concerning the problem of the many animals which are killed on Georgia’s roads each month—deer, possums, armadillos, frogs, toads, snakes, turtles, and more. While most of us have grown used to this. We figure, perhaps, that nothing can be done, that that’s life, and we drive on.
However, I’d like to pose this question: wouldn’t it be better for a poor family to have that deer meat
than for it to sit and rot away,
provide the vultures and scavengeers another meal?
Wouldn’t it be another feather in the DOT’s hat to be part of an effort to save endangered species
such as the gopher tortoise?
Is there not a way we can begin to coexist with other life forms in a new paradigm, a design for living
which will be a “win-win” situation for everyone?
Some ideas include but are not limited to:
—Building roads with tunnels large enough, where possible, to allow even deer to get through.
—In some cases, have bridges for some to get over.
—Have walls which could also serve to deflect traffic noise.
—Educate public on safe driving techniques
which could help reduce collisions with wild life, people,
and domesticated animals.
I know this venture may not become a high priority with you, even not right away, but I want to raise the question so that maybe we can get some thinking and discussion on this approach to road design and construction. I appreciate your taking the time to read this and consider it, regardless of how you’ll look at the ideas.
jean-pierre bin kephas, abu Ulguel
[I’ve copied this and pasted it onto Word, to get it going] 7 years ago