Area residents report either loving them or hating them.
Love or hate, however, one thing is for certain: Roundabouts are here to stay.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts are a safer alternative to signaled intersections. The administration's informational releases encourage roundabout installation whenever possible.
"Roundabouts have demonstrated substantial safety and operational benefits compared to most other intersection forms and controls, with especially significant reductions in fatal and injury crashes," states the department's website page dedicated to roundabouts.
"By converting from a two-way stop control mechanism to a roundabout, a location can experience an 82 percent reduction in severe (injury/fatal) crashes and a 44 percent reduction in overall crashes," according to the site.
Similarly, converting a signalized intersection to a roundabout can bring a 78 percent reduction in severe crashes and a 48 percent reduction in overall crashes, according to the site.
"Roundabouts eliminate exposure to more severe types of crashes, which occur at right angles," said Robert Hull, a traffic safety engineer for the Utah Department of Transportation.
"The thing about roundabouts is that they allow for very efficient flow of traffic throughout the intersection without creating any kind of stops. That is one of the key advantages," Hull said.
"It keeps you all moving in same flow and same direction," he said. "Crashes are more sideswipes."
So what do some area residents hate about roundabouts?
* There aren't enough of them locally for drivers to gain experience.
That is the reason Brigham City Mayor Dennis Fife was not in favor of installing a roundabout near Box Elder High School.
"The superintendent and I talked," Fife said. "We just didn't want one. The students needed to learn how to use them."
Fife pointed to the fact that Brigham City doesn't have any roundabouts anywhere else.
"I wasn't about to put one by the high school," he said.
But Fife, who is preparing to move to Washington state, said now that he's been exposed to a lot more roundabouts there, he's much more in favor of them.
"Now that I'm used to them, they are not so bad," he said.
Hull said infrequent occurrence of roundabouts is probably the issue people have with them in Utah.
"You don't see them often," he said. "You may not be as aware. The basic rules of the road are still applicable to the roundabout."
* Some drivers don't know the rules of the road.
"I almost get hit at least twice a week at the one in Clinton," said Morgan Ward, of Clinton. "So many people think they can just fly through."
Ward said she wishes drivers would have to take a refresher course every four years when they get their driver's license renewed so they could be reminded of the rules of the road.
The rule of roundabouts, Hull said, is that once you approach, you are in a yield situation.
"You are yielding to vehicles that are already in the circle," he said. "Look to your left and yield. When you get a gap, then you can enter into the roundabout. Once you are in there, the expectation is that vehicles waiting to enter are yielding to you, too."
* Some drivers believe a left turn is allowed.
"While driving through Business Depot Ogden, I came upon a roundabout," said Vince Clow, of Ogden. "I stopped quickly to avoid a lady driving around the roundabout the wrong way. She scowled at me and gave me the finger. Go figure!"
Hull said traffic always moves to the right in a roundabout and that those in the circle always have the right-of-way. Drivers entering a roundabout are always yielding to those already inside.
* Some drivers defeat the keep-the-traffic-flowing design of a roundabout by stopping.
"There are multiple roundabouts around my place and on my drive to work. People are always stopping in them or long before their exit and causing more problems than the roundabout was intended to fix," said Preston Matheson, of West Point.
* Those who don't drive correctly increase the risk of crashes.
Preston's father, Darrin Matheson, referred to the "wagon wheel" roundabout at 1662 S. 2000 West in Syracuse as a "death trap."
"Everybody challenges each other," he said. "I have almost been hit there many times."
* Snowy conditions pose added danger.
One man said roundabouts in St. George are shut down in heavy snowfall because the city doesn't have snowplows and they become dangerous.
As a general rule, Hull said, whether driving in a roundabout or any other roadway, if there is exposure to snow and wet conditions, drivers need to adjust their driving behavior.
"It involves being aware and creating distance with the cars that you are following," Hull said. "Whenever there is precipitation, conditions are more dangerous. You really need to adjust your driving behaviors and adjust your behavior accordingly."
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