To the editor:
Perhaps it's time to ask the local news media to start talking about how to drive in a roundabout for about seven consecutive days.
I love the fact that I never have to stop at these intersections and for other reasons:
¢ It saves time, gas and keeps traffic moving.
¢ Roundabouts do not malfunction and require computer repair.
¢ I seldom have any problem in the roundabout situations.
¢ It's all about taking turns at the proper speed. Most are posted at 15 mph.
Some say you cannot see through the landscaping. All that is necessary is that you see what's coming from the left. Roundabouts come recommended from KDOT and DOT with much research behind them. Roundabouts come to taxpayers for considerably less than more Lawrence police officers and sometimes expensive new traffic lights, which Chuck Soules noted. This is an excellent point. New traffic lights can cost $200,000, not to mention that drivers run red lights daily.
On our way to the Cosmosphere and the Salt Mine Museum in Hutchinson two weeks ago, we came across a roundabout in the middle of nowhere on U.S. Highway 50. 18-wheelers accomplished this roundabout with no problem. Speculation suggests this was a high-accident intersection.