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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Rules of the Road #4528—Traffic Circles

I realize traffic circles (a.k.a. roundabouts) aren’t nearly as common in the States as they are in other countries, e.g. England, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from knowing the single fundamental rule of them:

Once you’ve entered the roundabout, YOU DO NOT STOP!

The whole point of a roundabout—regardless whether it’s a good-sized circle or just a little horse-spit of an annoyance—is that the traffic currently in the circle has the right of way. I’ll thank you to not risk me rear-ending you because you think you have to let in the car that’s waiting for you to pass!

» Posted by ALBj at 11:31 PM (ET)
Category: Idiot of the Moment, Rant


I know it’s not the point of your rant, but there are circles in D.C. that have stop signs in them. As for how often you see them, I think the road planners where I live think we’re in England. There are 6 roundabouts within 5 to 10 miles of my house, and they’re talking of more!

» Posted by Queue
January 30, 2006 05:24 AM

Wow, wasn’t aware of the existence of stop signs in traffic circles. Well, I think my observation still stands, otherwise. If there’s no stop sign in the traffic circle, you don’t stop.

» Posted by Lee Bennett
January 30, 2006 09:20 AM

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