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Roundabouts: Safer, cheaper

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We have roundabouts. You know — those circular intersections where the traffic goes round and round and comes out there. We have roundabouts, they’re new and we don’t know much about them. They seem strange and newfangled and make us uncomfortable. Because they are another government project we didn’t ask for, we suspect they are a complete waste of money and will only inconvenience us and never work and why can’t we have a good ol’ intersection with stoplight and turn signals like everybody else? Stop on red, go on green — we know how to do that. What if roundabouts improved traffic flow? What if they were less complex to build and less complicated for drivers? What if they actually are cheaper than a traditional stoplight intersection? Most importantly, what if they are exponentially safer than an intersection where traffic crosses at right angles?

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