Kitchener-Waterloo has seen an increase in the number of roundabouts in the past few years, leaving drivers and pedestrians to learn how to navigate them safely. While they keep traffic moving more smoothly, many question whether or not they’re safer than traditional intersections.
A collision analysis by The Record confirms that traffic signals see far more deaths — nine killed at traffic lights between 2009 and 2013, no one killed at a roundabout. At roundabouts, vehicles are moving slowly, in the same direction, and at friendlier angles.
The analysis reveals how hard it is to die in a roundabout. Between 2009 and 2013, nine people were killed at mid-sized and busy traffic lights, including five pedestrians. Two of these deaths were on Franklin Boulevard where roundabouts are coming.
Roundabouts had no deaths over these same five years. The first death in a roundabout happened this year when a motorcyclist lost control.
Avoiding collisions in roundabouts all comes down to education. Consult the Ministry of Transportation’s Driver’s Handbook to learn exactly what to do when approaching, entering and exiting a roundabout.
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