When I heard that the Idaho Transportation Department was going to use lasers to try to keep animals from being hit by drivers on a stretch of US 95 near Moscow, the first thing I thought of was the sharks with lasers mounted on their heads from Austin Powers. Cool, they’re going to equip game with lasers so they can shoot back at cars approaching them too fast! Uh, not quite. Turns out it’s a system where lights flash when deer, elk, moose or other animals pass through laser beams focused along shoulders of the highway.
The system is supposed to give travelers an extra chance to avoid a collision. While it’s not as cool as large animals that shoot laser beams, it’s still pretty cool. I want some in my neighborhood.