The article fails to address a major issue with road kill: nighttime versus day. Most animal/car collisions occur during hours of darkness. Several states have reduced these events significantly by posting lower speed limits for night time driving while leaving the day time limits as they are. Interestingly enough, RMEF just posted some data on average total costs (collision damage, emergency response, medical, etc) associated with such accidents: deer/car about $7k, elk/car about $17k. Then there is the loss in wildlife which can be considerable. In some areas the road kill numbers exceed the hunting quotas.
But, during the day … 55 mph does seem like a reasonable speed, though many cars go significantly faster … a daytime speed of 50 might do the trick (figuring a fair number of cars will go faster); and I agree that at night, I also wouldn’t go faster than 35 mph on any road in the Tetons.
It is well known, in the tri-state area, if it is posted 60 you do 80, if 55 you do 75, post it at 35 and you would probably come to a happy medium! heck the interstate highways are posted at 70 and they do 90!
Save bears, that is a good point. More cops would need to patrol the area. That and reduced speeds at night are about the only solutions the law can do. Otherwise, as one of the people said in the article, people need to stay off their phones.