There was an interesting segment on CBS Sunday Morning the other day about a town in the Netherlands that replaced all its four-way intersections with roundabouts. I've been preaching them as a means of saving time and fuel, but it turns out they also save lives. The town councilwoman responsible for the change said before the roundabouts, two to four people were killed a year at each intersection because of people running red lights. Since the roundabouts, zero fatalities. She theorized it's because people HAVE to pay closer attention going through a roundabout. I can corroborate that with my own experience navigating them in Belgium, France and England during my R&R. I can't think of a better use of all that stimulus money that's being squandered in make-work, pork-barrel projects. But who listens to me?Makes you feel good about all our new roundabouts in and around Miami, doesn't it?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Roundabouts saving lives, fuel
In the interests of safer streets, I share this note from friend Bob Buckman up in Lafayette, La: