From: Michael Woodend
I read with interest the letters and article regarding the proposed roundabouts. I am from England, where roundabouts abound. I would like to give you some facts that may help people think differently. First, population: Indiana, 182 people per square mile; England, 1,000 people per square mile (sixth most populated country in the world). So, yes, there is quite a lot of cars competing for space on the roads.
Next fact, road deaths: Indiana per 100,000 people, 11.62 percent; England per 100,000, 2.75 percent. Makes you think.
OK, it may not be roundabouts that keep the English road death rate down to such a low level, but I truly think it contributes. Any wreck on a roundabout is usually of such low speed that it results normally in just a fender bender.
And one last point. Joining a roundabout is, in my opinion, no worse than merging with traffic on the interstate, as you are coping with traffic coming from one direction only.