Michigan law allows for drivers to take home animals struck by vehicles after getting permission from authorities.

The rules may be about to change.

Two Michigan lawmakers have introduced a bill which would make it easier for motorists to take home roadkill.

WZZM13.com reports:

Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, have introduced a bill to simplify the process for taking an animal killed by a vehicle - currently allowed by the state but only after getting a free salvage tag from the state Department of Natural Resources or a local police agency.

Booher said his Senate Bill 613 would allow a motorist to take the animal for eating and other uses, such as baiting, and keep a written record of where and when it was hit and get the salvage tag later. Finding appropriate authorities to provide a salvage tag after raccoon runovers and deer dents is inconvenient, Booher said, noting that road-killed animals sometimes stay put for weeks.

This proposal makes sense to me.

Abuse of the system will always be a concern, but getting our roads clear of hazards more quickly while using fewer public resources seems like a win-win.

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