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Problems with roundabouts

To the Editor:

I have used roundabouts in many states, and while they are getting more attention today than in the past, the problems associated with them are not. I will just mention one that nearly caused me to have an accident.

Once the roundabout is finished, someone decides that some shrubbery in the center is necessary to make it look nicer. Of course, in time that shrubbery grows to block the view of the party that is supposed to yield to the other using the roundabout.

With the average American driving as fast as they can get away with, this blockage of view is a serious impediment to the safe use of the roundabout. I was nearly run over by a lady who was on her cellphone, but did not see me until the last minute because of shrubs that covered the center of the roundabout.

Fortunately, I was driving defensively and was able to avoid an accident. Another problem is that on some roundabouts, the people coming on the roundabout have the right of way, and on others, the people already on have the right of way.

Bruce G. Wilkins

Harvard

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