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  Moose are beautiful but lethal if you hit them
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Be careful of moose when driving Maine's country roads at night, especially along the northern tier. Every year, several Maine motorists die in collisions with moose, an animal perfectly designed to have the most devastating impact on drivers. With tall spindly legs and a huge torso, most of the weight of the beast ends up in the driver's seat during a collision with a car, putting the brunt of the impact right on the driver. Though I hate to say it, the safest speed to drive at night in northern Maine is 50 miles per hour, which gives you time to stop if you spot a moose atthe end of your headlights. If you can't avoid a crash, it is recommended that you aim for the rear of the animal, which has less weight.
Of course, not all moose accidets lead to death -- only about one in every 700 crashes are fata to the humans involved. Sitll, since there were 2009 moose-vehicle collisions just on Maine road from 2000-2004, there were probably 3 or 4 deaths over that period. In 1998 there were 5 deaths in 859 moose-vehicle crashes, so sometimes the numbers work out for he worst. And they always work out bad for the car and the moose.

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  • Updated May 7, 2006
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