Caution advised at roundabouts
Mar 08, 2012 | 1619 views | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

I’m sure that roundabouts may seem like a bother to many people. Especially those that don’t follow the rules when using them. I have noticed drivers that don’t yield when they are supposed to and have almost caused accidents. I’m not sure what the problem is. Could it be that some drivers don’t know the proper laws concerning roundabouts? I have seen “slow” and “yield” signs upon approaching a roundabout, yet drivers barrel through there as if those signs and other drivers do not exist. It might be beneficial to our safety and produce some much-needed revenue to place a patrol car or motorcycle near the roundabouts to catch those drivers that believe they own the road.

Let’s drive with caution. It’s not worth losing your life or killing someone because you think it’s a bother.

Virginia Fernandez, Patterson

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stealthcat
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March 13, 2012
Roundabouts I agree are dangerous. As others say I find frequently that other drivers pay no attention if other traffic is coming and sail right through.

I think most of these should be eliminated along with the run down homes and businesses surrounding them. Then the streets can be re-designed to get rid of the nonsensical wagon wheel pattern this town was laid out by.

At the very least Del Puerto needs to be made the primary through-way and the other intersecting streets at the roundabouts need to have large STOP signs.
neneskdee@yahoo.com
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March 25, 2012
Are you volunteering to eliminate the roundabouts? The roundabouts are a unique pattern for the streets of Patterson.

Other issues to be more concern are following all speed limits, especially within the school zones. Ensuring all domestic animals being registered/micro-chipped and on leashes.
laserman77
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March 12, 2012
Amen! I can't tell you how many times I have gone through the roundabouts in my neighborhood, and have almost had people hit me when I'm on my motorcycle. It happens on a daily basis, and just last week I had a new black Camaro that came within a few feet of hitting me. He just kept going and didn't slow down one bit. He was too busy talking on his cell phone!

Speaking of cell phone usage.....I would also like to remind people about the use of cell phones while driving. If the phone call is that important that you can't wait, please pull over to talk if you don't have a bluetooth. And remember, only text while driving is you have absolutely no regard for human life.

Just use common sense while driving and be more aware of your surroundings. Kids are going to be everywhere, especially in our residential neighborhoods. It's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured or killed in one of these roundabouts if people aren't careful.


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