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We published a story today about the growing population of deer and the state’s warnings that motorists need to be extra mindful of deer in the roadway this time of year.
It just so happens that we have a database of car accidents between 2005 and 2012 that can tell us whether a deer in the roadway caused the accident. It’s a little spotty before 2010, but that still leaves us three years of accident data to play with. In this case, we identified more than 4,700 car accidents caused by deer in the roadway in those three years.
We don’t want to just throw 4,700 points on a map, however, especially when the map is just the size of Delaware. So, this was the perfect opportunity to try something that I think is pretty cool and that I’ve seen a few other news outlets do: turn the state into a hexagonal grid to identify areas with a lot of accidents.
Instead of leaving you in suspense, here’s a link to the map. The rest will walk you through how it was put together.