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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

It’s time again for a Lake Stevens roundabout review


June 19, 2012

It’s strange to me that drivers are consistently having trouble maneuvering their way through our roundabouts, however, it seems that every time I travel through one someone seems to be holding up traffic or questioning exactly what they should be doing.

I have heard this complaint from several people so I think it may be time, once again, for a Roundabout Review.

The main thing drivers need to remember is that there are no Stop signs in a roundabout. What this means is that ALL drivers need to YIELD to oncoming traffic. Travel through the roundabout shouldn’t be at an increased speed and honestly the speeds approaching the roundabouts in town are 25 mph (on Lundeen Parkway and Lakeview Dr./Vernon Rd.) and 35 mph (Lundeen Parkway and Lake Drive/Vernon Rd.), which means that you should be going slower while traveling through the roundabout.

Of course, there may be times that you have to stop to allow a car to move around the roundabout but you don’t have to wait for a car to travel down the street if you are already at the roundabout.

The second objective is to travel safely through the roundabout—not try to get through before having to slow down for oncoming cars. Unfortunately, this seems to take place more often before and after school and a majority of the drivers I see “racing” their way through the roundabouts are teenagers and early twenty-somethings.

It’s not a race to see who can get through it the fastest!

We also need to remember that there are pedestrian crossings inside of the roundabouts and pedestrians ALWAYS have the right-of-way!

Here’s the deal, roundabouts are here to stay and according to studies they are much safer and more cost effective than stop lights and stop signs.

What it comes down to really, is that drivers need to use their common sense! Remember, you are not the only person driving through that roundabout, there may be others behind you waiting for you to step on the gas and navigate your way safely and efficiently to the other side.

This is not rocket science people!


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