Re: The traffic circle at the intersection of Orange Camp Road and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beltway
You should be looking at why they are planning a similar traffic circle at the intersection of East State Road 44 and Kepler Road, which has far more traffic than the Orange Camp circle.
And, according to data pulled by the City of DeLand, the Orange Camp circle has been the site of 94 accidents since it opened in April.
Look at Jerry Hume’s website and the comments he made about the Orange Camp/MLK Beltway traffic circle. (Hume is part of the Spectrum News 13 team.)
Make people aware of why our car insurance is so high with these poor decisions being made. We need to improve the roads safely, which these traffic circles do not do.
If drivers would pre plan on which lane to be in prior to entering a roundabout, and staying in your lane till you exit, these roundabout’s will work just fine.
Staged traffic light with cameras monitoring traffic would eliminate the need and expense for roundabout and all the confusion.
penny wise, pound foolish. Signals are ten times as dangerous as modern roundabouts.
People using the road make mistakes (like speeding, running stop signs and red lights, turning left in front of oncoming traffic), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury.
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world – the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes – (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system – intersections. The reduction in speed to about 20 mph and sideswipe geometry mean that, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you might need a tow truck, but rarely an ambulance. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or FHWA for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts.
The FHWA has been saying for over 20 years that signal intersections have TEN TIMES the fatality risk of modern roundabouts
In the road construction business, eh?
Traffic safety business. Professional engineer with over 30 years experience. Maybe fact check before writing.
You are spot on. Roundabouts save lives. Our insurance rates are high because our police do not enforce speed and reckless driving laws to the extent they should.
I totally agree with that
Truth be told there have been far more accidents than 94 since this roundabout opened- I would guess from my own eyes, maybe one accident per day or at least every other day, However I know that when a family member was involved in one of accidents, state troopers were already on scene finishing up an investigation of an accident that had just also happened. So that was at least two that day and they told us it was an every day event here.
This is poor planning at its finest. They removed this light and placed four lights, one on each road of the circle near the circle….
The accidents happen because most people don’t understand how they work. Traffic circles work if drivers follow the rules of the road. Cars in the circle have the right of way.