After some confusion, MDOT offers roundabout driving tips

Published: Nov. 18, 2019 at 4:29 PM EST
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The two new roundabouts in Marquette Township have been open since the beginning of November.

So far, there have been a few accidents in the roundabouts. Negaunee resident Alec Johnson, who uses both roundabouts every day, said he has seen some drivers use the roundabouts incorrectly.

"What you're going to see is a lot of smaller accidents just because they're new and people don't really understand how roundabouts work up here,” Johnson said.

Johnson added that he has noticed speed is an issue, with some drivers going too fast or too slow.

He also often sees people stopping while already in the roundabouts.

"You see a lot of people that are trying to let people in when they're not supposed to. They don't understand that people in the roundabout have the right of way,” Johnson said.

Failure to yield to oncoming traffic is another thing that Johnson sees almost daily.

"I've seen a ton of people just completely ignore the roundabouts and not yield to them,” he said.

Michigan Department of Transportation's U.P. Spokesperson, Dan Weingarten, says using a roundabout is simple: slow down when approaching the roundabout, and look to your left before entering.

"Make sure that the roundabout is clear and then go to the right. Don't stop once you're in the roundabout,” Weingarten said.

Weingarten adds that with the icy roads, keeping more distance between cars is also important.

Eliminating distractions, Weingarten adds, will also help keep the roads and roundabouts safer for everyone.

"People need to remember that when they're behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are the number one safety mechanism,” Weingarten said.

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