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Roundabouts: Are you doing it right?

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March 17, 2017 - 1:00 PM

KELOWNA – Roundabouts are getting installed more frequently in the region, proving they are here to stay, but not all drivers are confident navigating in them.

Concern over lack of education prompted Kelowna RCMP to release a set of traffic circle safety tips for drivers.

"Many drivers are not fully aware or perhaps simply choosing not to follow the rules of the road when operating their motor vehicles in traffic roundabouts,” Const. Alexandre Paquette-Fortin says in the release.

Reduce speed when approaching the roundabout, watch for road signs and yield to pedestrians and cyclists. Always yield to traffic already in the traffic circle. Enter the roundabout and continue driving counter-clockwise until you approach your exit. Finally, signal when you are exiting the traffic circle and yield to pedestrians and cyclists crossing the exit lane.

"Motorists should never stop in a roundabout unless traffic conditions, or an approaching emergency vehicle require them to do so. Clear out of a roundabout if an emergency vehicle is behind you," Paquette-Fortin says.

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