Wall Street Journal, NY, "What's News": "Avoiding
collisions with deer and other animals is easier if
tiny wind-operated whistles are mounted on automobile
bumpers, says Sav-A-Life, a small New York Company.
It offers such whistles, inaudible to humans at $24.95
a pair. The takers to date include Southwestern Bell,
K Mart and Super Value Corp for their corporate fleets"
Zimmerman of the Delaware State Senate sponsored
a bill to have each state owned motor vehicle equipped
with an animal warning device capable of emitting an
ultrasonic signal of at least 16,000 hertz.
News review, MI: "Wildlife and people saver": "some
states like Delaware have made the SAV-A-LIFE device
mandatory on state owned vehicles".
Today, "A thing of beauty but a threat on the road,
"You can be going down a road and the deer might be
out in a field a 100 to 200 feet away and they'll turn
and run the other way rather than cross the road" says
DeKalb highway superintendent Jim Patton about their
positive experience with the Sav-A-Life Deer Alerts
installed on their vehicles.
Today, "Cops whistle at Kansas deer" Capt Armstrong
said of the installation of the Sav-a-Life deer whistles:
"We are interested in reducing accidents and damage
to our patrol cars by striking deer at night, and naturally
we are interested in saving the lives of those deer
Mutual Insurance Bulletin: "Animal warning device
prevents deer/auto accidents". They quote Carl Stoecker,
a mechanic for the Iowa State Patrol as reported in
a newspaper interview: he observed fewer cars out of
commission due to collisions with animals, particularly
deer, after installing their SAV-A-LIFE devices. "They
have proven effective for us, and we do have a lot of
damage to our cars….Officers say they have seen the
deer stop for them, but sometimes when they go by, another
car will come along and hit the animal..." The bulletin
also quotes an article in the leader Telegram in Wisconsin
where a spokesman for the sheriff's department said:
"our officers' opinions of the devices have been favorable
and the majority of our officers have indicated a desire
to install them on their personal vehicles." The bulletin
adds: "Business and governmental purchasers of SAV-A-LIFE
are finding that in addition to preventing accidents,
community and employee relations are also enhanced"
Leader Telegram, Eau Claire, WI: Tests show tiny device
scares off deer: The device was invented in Austria
in 1979 and introduced in the US in 1981. The business
claims the device to be 80 percent effective. But says
Oldham, traffic coordinator of the Clark county sheriff
department, "that figure is low, they could say 95 percent
or so, because about the only way it could not work
was if you got a bug or something stuck in it! Other
than that I think it is totally effective. Any of my
guys that have these on their cars will tell you these
things are effective in preventing car deer accidents".
field test. "Sav-a-Life Warning devices really do
work": Jeff Wood, staff writer: I installed the Sav-a-
Life units on my car just prior to talking an 1800 mile
round trip last spring: If ever I was to have a close
encounter with a deer, it would have been then. During
the trip we saw deer, and it was obvious they were aware
of the odd noise being put out by the Sav-a-Life units.
Land Between the
Lakes National Recreation Area
"Deer Alert device helps prevent accidents". "The animal
warning Devices were installed 3 months ago and we
haven't had an accident yet", said Patrol Chief Leon
Wichita Eagle Beacon: "Highway Patrol whistles frightened
deer off road" Trooper Maple of the planning and programs
division said the whistles appear to be working.
Western Bell Scene, Arkansas: "Austrian Whistle
stops deer from crossing". Southwestern Bell "CR Team
makes deer country safer: Ultrasonic whistles reduce
collisions with deer" the devices have worked for South
Western Bell in southern Arkansas, a heavily wooded
region where drivers were hitting a deer every 3 weeks.
Since putting the devices on their truck, no deer have
been hit said Jack Drake.
California Siskiyou News:
"the Sav-a-Life Deer alert is currently being used by
the California Highway Patrol, Oregon State Police,
Iowa State Police as well as other California agencies
and is reported to reduce animal / vehicle collisions
buy as much as 80%.
Second section California Highway
Patrol, Mount Shasta, CA: In rural areas, the California
Highway Patrol began mounting "Sav-A-life deer devices
on its Patrol cars. Officer Jordan said that they .got
their… "Sav-A-Lifes from headquarters in Sacramento…
we feel that the money saved on damages to Patrol cars
easily outweighs the price of the deer devices"
Spring Post, Colorado: Kim Barz said: "I have been running
all over the State with them for the past few weeks,
I have seen no deer on the roadside ….since installing
The Sylvester, GA, "Deer alert prevents
accidents". Says Patrol chief Williams: "the animal
warning devices were installed 3 months ago and we
haven't had an accident yet … In the same period last
year, there were seven animal related auto accidents
Kansas Morning Sun: Kansas Highway Patrol seeks
to pare car-deer wrecks with new whistles. … "the patrol
once averaged five car-deer accidents a year, with a
high of 13 accidents in a single 12 months period " we
installed a few of the devices on our patrol cars and
eventually decided to put them on all of our cars" … "We
feel like it's been successful, and we are continuing to
Jackson Citizen Patriot, "Deer alerts may cut accidents":
"to buck the car-deer accident trend, the Blackman Township
Public Safety Department has attached ultrasonic devices
designed to frighten deer away from its vehicles. Director
Southworth said "collisions with deer have cost thousands
of dollars to repair…we have $500 deductible, and if
we save one accident it will more than pay for the cost."
out of doors: Now comes a simple little gadget that
just might make an appreciable difference in the volume
of these collisions here in Michigan and throughout
the nation ...SAV-A-LIFE.
news service, Lansing Mi, "Whistle while you drive
and may be miss a deer" "Meanwhile Meijer, Inc which
has the largest truck fleet in the state, reports the
innovation is paying off for them. Company officials
said its usual 30 to 35 percent deer-related accidents
have been reduced by 80% since they began using the
…Sav-A-Life deer warning device a few years ago." The
Supervalu Corporation in Minnesota, which averaged 30
to 40 animal collisions a year with its fleet, described
the "Deer Alert" by Sav-A-Life as the most unique new
product at the 1983 National Safety Congress. Over a
2 year period, the cost of these accidents approached
$200,000. And they state this did not even take into
consideration the disruption these accidents inflicted
to their operation. They tried our Deer Alerts, this
is what they wrote:
Supervalu Stores, Corporate Risk
Management publication, MN: "Warning device eliminates
animal collisions": 'the Deer Alert device….has been
in use for a number of years in Europe. In fact, a copy
of a scientific study that was performed in Austria
was included in the literature and indicated the date
of 1981. The test evidenced clear cut reactions from
all animals except cattle, sheep and camel.
Democrat and Chronicle: "Deer steering clear of cars
with bumpers that whistle, Livingston deputies say:
Maj. Mann of the Livingston County Sheriff Dept: The
department has been using the device for the last year
and has had some success: from what I've seen, they
are doing a helluva good job", he said.
, NB "Patrol mounts new siren": "Nebraska State Patrol
cars in the panhandle and elsewhere are now sporting
a new defense against errant venison-on -the-roof: Sav-A
Life Deer Alert, animal warning devices have been attached
to all marked units in the panhandle, according to Lt Uehling.
New Jersey. Ultrasonic sound protects car from
Deer: Edward Barsum, a chemist from Holland Township
says: "It is very cheap insurance; the cost of the unit
is nowhere near that if you had an accident. It also
brings in a safety factor that could save lives". "Cops
cars now warn deer in Warren", says Chief Kane "we thought
for the price it was worth a try, so far it seems to
do the trick."
private Carrier, spotlight, "accessory eliminates
animal collision": "K Mart Corp is testing the device.
I think it is an excellent device said Don Holleran,
manager of private carriage, who said he would recommend
equipping his entire fleet with the device. "He explained
that "in one year, the K-mart fleet had 19 accidents
involving deer, but since the Sav-A-Life Deer alerts
have been installed, my test fleet has not hit anything, not even a dog!"
Natural Resources: "Car deer collisions". "So far
most methods have turned out to be either too expensive
or not effective enough to make a significant difference.
… Recent research on a new gadget offers hope. Developed
in Austria, the devices have been extensively tested
there and in Finland.
Herald Times reporter, Manitowoc WI: "Deer Whistles
are very effective". "Most large trucking companies
have installed these devices on their trucks, and most
police departments and traffic police also have them
now, which should prove their effectiveness"
danger: Deer on the roadway: Maynard Stoehr, the Wisconsin
dept of transportation highway safety coordinator offers
some techniques that may help you avoid a dangerous
collision with the white tail: Stoehr said motorists
might want to consider purchasing a deer alert warning
device …that emits ultrasonic signals freezing the animals
in their tracks and preventing them from darting out
in front of the approaching vehicle."
Evansville Press, IN "Deer warning device designed
to save lives". Evansville Lewis Bakeries' Vice President
said after a year of using the deer alerts on their
vehicles, they hit only one deer, but the device was
Trail Gazette, Co: "Whistles can lessen road kills"
and Courrier, Lafayette, IN, "SAV-A-LIFE prevents
deer hunting with auto.
These are just a few of the unsolicited write ups our
SAV-A-LIFE Deer Alert has received over the years.