Deer warning signs that would include the number of animals killed each year in accidents in East Hampton are being considered by town board members for placement along Route 27.
The plan under consideration would place those signs in Wainscott and in Montauk. Deer warning signs without the numbers of animals killed would be placed in other locations.
Councilman Fred Overton, the board’s liaison to the town’s Deer Management Committee, told the board at its Feb. 2 work session that the committee discussed the signs as a way to drive home the point that hundreds of deer are killed annually by motorists and drivers must be careful.
Overton said 334 deer were killed in East Hampton Town last year and that the town signs with the accident figures would have a mechanism for changing the numbers to keep them up to date.
“The strikes happen all over town,” Overton said. “That visual [of the number of deaths] would get attention.”
Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc agreed that such a sign would be “pretty dramatic.”
Overton said there would be a total of about six deer warning signs placed throughout East Hampton Town but only two on Route 27 would bear the accident statistics.
Most of the “more standard” signs would be placed on town and county roads between Wainscott and Montauk, Overton said. He said that for the two to be placed on for Route 27 approval would also be needed from the state Department of Transportation because it is a state road.
Other signs without the accident numbers are proposed for placement in Montauk at such locations as East Lake Drive, Flaming Avenue and Edgemere Street, Overton said.
Members of the Montauk and Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committees would also get to weigh in on the signs idea before any action is taken by the board, Overton added.
Overton said the size of the signs with the accident numbers would have to be determined.
“They would be whatever size is appropriate for the area,” Overton said. “They should be large enough to be effective but not so large as to be obtrusive.”
Some members of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee have expressed concern about so much information being put on the sign with the accident figures that it would distract drivers.