According to a recent article in the Portland Press Herald, though there have been several moose-vehicle collisions in Maine in the month of July, the actual number of these crashes has decreased over the past three years.
Statistics from the Maine Department of Transportation show that from 1995 through 2007, our state averaged 674 collisions annually. However, from 2008 to 2013, the annual average had declined to about 443.
Typically, moose-vehicle accidents are most common in May and June, as these are the months when animals roam for food after Winter.
According to the Maine DOT, 80 percent of these types of accidents occur between dusk and dawn.
Safety officers with the DOT believe that both public outreach/awareness and road signage have contributed to the recent decline in the number of these accidents. Last summer, the department installed reflector strips that reflect a moose's outline on roads in Caribou and Fort Kent, where these animals are most often struck by vehicles.
For more information on moose-vehicle accident statistics in our state and measures that Maine safety officials are taking to reduce these, please visit: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/