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Letter: Roundabouts promote safer intersections

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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.

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