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Roundabout Safety

Written By: Joe Melillo

If you’ve had a chance to drive on Route 13 lately you’ve noticed some lights have come down, and a new way to control the flow of traffic has some drivers a little confused.

Roundabout Safety
 

August 30, 2012

Horseheads (WENY) - If you've had a chance to drive on Route 13 lately you've noticed some lights have come down, and a new way to control the flow of traffic has some drivers a little confused. Department of Transportation crews are building two roundabouts at the intersections of Franklin Street and Old Ithaca Road. The goal is to make both intersections safer and reduce the number of collisions. Traffic should flow better on Route 13 now that a new roundabout has been finished. Sgt. Mike McDarby from the State Police says, DOT changed the layout to help speed traffic flow and reduce the chances for serious collisions.

       “In a typical four-way intersection, there are 32 points of conflict - vehicle coming in making a right, going strait or coming at it head on. In a roundabout there are only eight points of conflict.”

       When coming up on a roundabout intersection, one of the most important things to remember is that all entrances have yield signs. That means you must slow down and yield to oncoming traffic. If there is no traffic coming, enter the circle. When you are going around the circle, you as the driver, have the right of way, but as soon as you want to exit, put your blinker on and let the other drivers know behind you that you're exiting, then you're out and on your way.

     “Times when traffic is light you will never have to come to a complete stop, you'll just be able to travel through it. But what it will do, statistics have shown, is reduce accidents,” says McDarby.

     Statistics have shown the accidents that do occur in a roundabout are usually at lower speeds and at safer angles.