Picture yourself behind the wheel on a dark and shadowy night, watching the windshield wipers bat away the rain and wondering, “What are the odds I’m going to hit a deer?”
The answer would be one in 102 if you live in Virginia. They are one in 114 if you live in Maryland. (If you live in the District, the odds are higher that you will hit a possum.)
If hitting a deer never crosses your mind, check to see whether you live in a downtown high-rise, commute on the subway and work in a large office complex. Just about everyone else who drives in the Washington megalopolis gives some thought to the chance of a close encounter with the furry kind, particularly at this time of year, when the bucks and does strike out in search of romance.
Sometimes amorous intent requires crossing a road, sometimes there is a collision, and often the bloody aftermath lingers to remind unscathed drivers of the danger.