Carnage erupts after a roundabout is installed in US and no one has a clue how to use it

Sinead Butler
Tuesday 27 April 2021 09:31
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A new roundabout is the US is causing some confusion for drivers.

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A video of traffic testing a newly installed roundabout in the US has gone viral after drivers had no clue how to use it.

The video provided by Walker Construction shows cars going the wrong way around a new roundabout design in Rowan County, but if you look closely, you can see flaggers directing the traffic in that direction.

Absolute carnage.

Drivers in the area are concerned as they believe the design was unnecessary, and the old four-way stop worked just fine.

It’s the first roundabout that has been installed in northeastern Kentucky.

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“It’s going to throw them for a loop. A complete 360. No doubt about it,” Jason Whisman told WYKT.

Walker Construction says the purpose of sharing the video to give drivers an idea of what not to do in a roundabout.

KYTC says roundabout was installed because it keeps traffic flowing, and they are proven safer, especially for busy areas that see thousands of cars a day.

Earlier this month, a state transportation official told local TV news: “We’re looking at a way to reduce the severity of crashes that this intersection has a history of.”

Roundabouts significantly reduce serious accidents on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, roundabouts cut crashes by 38 per cent and fatal and incapacitating injury crashes by 90 per cent, by reducing head-on collisions and T-bone crashes.

They also reduce emissions, since cars do less stopping and starting.

But why are roundabouts such a confusing concept in the US?

Us Brits love them, after all, there are over 25,000 roundabouts all over the UK’s roads compared with the US where there are just 7,100 - which barely scratches the surface when you think about how much larger the United States is.

“I’m sure that it’s going to take them a while to get used to it, but once they get used to it, I’m sure it’s going to work very well,” a driver told WYKT.

Here’s hoping that drivers can get used to the new roundabout and prevent any serious crashes in the future.

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