Deer and other wild animals frequent many parts of Santa Rosa. During certain times of the year seeing them on or around city streets is commonplace. The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices has specific standards regarding the installation of Deer Crossing signs. This standard states that the Deer Crossing sign shall only be installed “after confirmation from a Department of Fish and Game warden having jurisdiction in the area that a substantial problem exists.”
Beyond that, the City of Santa Rosa also keeps track of all reported collisions involving wildlife. If the City notices a collision pattern in a particular area without Deer Crossing signs, we will install them in appropriate locations.
However, we cannot put up Deer Crossing signs at all locations where deer are spotted. Deer are wild animals and the locations and times they may cross streets are completely random. Drivers in the rural areas of Santa Rosa need to be aware that deer may jump onto the roadway from out of sight whether or not there is a sign there.
If you have any questions, requests or suggestions concerning traffic, please call Traffic Engineering at 707-543-3814.