Traffic Circles in Shoreline prevent accidents

Friday, April 19, 2013

yield to first vehicle in the circle,
yield to your right if entering at same time.

By Christine Southwick

Do traffic circles have you flummoxed?  Do you avoid them?

Traffic circles are used in Shoreline to slow vehicle speeds and to prevent accidents.

Stay to the right
Because there are typically no stop or yield signs at intersections with traffic circles, drivers should yield to vehicles already in the intersection, or yield to vehicles on the right when approaching the intersection at the same time. When traveling around a traffic circle, traffic should move counterclockwise - to the driver's right (as the second sign above illustrates.)

Traffic circles make intersections safer. Don’t defeat neighborhood safety by avoiding the circles and speeding on child-friendly side streets. Did you know that every five miles per hour adds at more than ten feet to your braking distance?

How far away can you see a child run into a street? 

Thanks to John Marek, Shoreline Public Works, for the official rules of the road.


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