Resident urges motorists to use roundabout properly

WARNING: Dorchester resident Antone Spiroc-tica concerned about vehicles driving straight over mini roundabout

WARNING: Dorchester resident Antone Spiroc-tica concerned about vehicles driving straight over mini roundabout

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

A RESIDENT has hit out a motorists he claims are treating a Dorchester roundabout as if it does not exist.

Antone Spiroc-tica lives in High Street Fordington with a view over the mini roundabout by the One Stop shop at the junction with Kings Road and said he regularly sees vehicles driving right over the middle of the roundabout.

He said he witnessed the aftermath of one accident at the roundabout recently and the way motorists are treating the junction means it could only be a matter of time before the incident is repeated.

Mr Spiroc-tica said that the recent incident involved a collision between two vehicles and police were called to the scene.

He said shortly afterwards he spent an hour in the morning watching vehicles approaching the mini roundabout and his ‘jaw dropped’ at the driving he witnessed.

Mr Spiroc-tica said: “I happened to rise earlier than usual and was having my morning cup of tea watching the traffic go by.

“Between the hours of 7am and 8am almost every driver was oblivious to the mini roundabout and was simply driving over it as if it was just a bump in the road.

“The highway code, which we all follow as drivers, states that all vehicles must pass round the central markings except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so.”

He added: “The longer I watched the lower my jaw dropped, but it may be possible that those whom drove over the mini roundabout are blind to the colour white.”

Dorset County Council said it was ‘not aware of any particular issue’ concerning the roundabout but it urged motorists to use it properly and take other road users into account.

A spokesman for the authority said: “We are not aware of any particular issue with this mini roundabout.

“However, if people do report problems there, our traffic engineering team will look into it.

“We can check whether there is appropriate signage or if the road markings there need to be refreshed.

“Above all, we would urge motorists to use the mini roundabout properly and take other road users into account.”

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1:18pm Wed 4 Jun 14

shy talk says...

And how many of us have done that? When we had the mini roundabout at the top of Boot Hill. It was a common occurrence to drive over it.
And how many of us have done that? When we had the mini roundabout at the top of Boot Hill. It was a common occurrence to drive over it. shy talk
  • Score: 5

1:35pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Laadeeda says...

If there is no other conflicting traffic i see no problem.
If there is no other conflicting traffic i see no problem. Laadeeda
  • Score: 8

3:16pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bob Goulding says...

Before you condemn drivers for cutting across these so-called mini roundabouts I think you should first consider their purpose. They are usually introduced at junctions, as an alternative to traffic lights, where either rights of way are not clear or where competing traffic flows cause congestion and/or accidents. Their primary purpose is to impose roundabout rights of way (i.e. give way to traffic from the right) which allow traffic to flow smoothly and safely without the need for traffic lights (which often cause worse congestion).

Many of these roundabouts are squeezed into junctions that are simply not large enough to accommodate conventional roundabouts so it is inevitable that traffic will regularly have to pass over the ‘island’ in order to clear the junction quickly. That is why many are just painted circles or small humps.

Provided that drivers observe the ‘give way to traffic from the right’ rule and take account of other vehicles that are already on the roundabout, then driving over the island poses no risk. In fact it speeds up traffic flow.
Before you condemn drivers for cutting across these so-called mini roundabouts I think you should first consider their purpose. They are usually introduced at junctions, as an alternative to traffic lights, where either rights of way are not clear or where competing traffic flows cause congestion and/or accidents. Their primary purpose is to impose roundabout rights of way (i.e. give way to traffic from the right) which allow traffic to flow smoothly and safely without the need for traffic lights (which often cause worse congestion). Many of these roundabouts are squeezed into junctions that are simply not large enough to accommodate conventional roundabouts so it is inevitable that traffic will regularly have to pass over the ‘island’ in order to clear the junction quickly. That is why many are just painted circles or small humps. Provided that drivers observe the ‘give way to traffic from the right’ rule and take account of other vehicles that are already on the roundabout, then driving over the island poses no risk. In fact it speeds up traffic flow. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 12

4:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ghostnigel says...

You lot should come and drive in Thailand...there is only one rule here,
Rule 1: There are no rules.
You lot should come and drive in Thailand...there is only one rule here, Rule 1: There are no rules. Ghostnigel
  • Score: 1

9:41pm Wed 4 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

I am sending this bloke a Magic Roundabout DVD boxed set for christmas,poor bloke watching a roundabout all day.LOL
I am sending this bloke a Magic Roundabout DVD boxed set for christmas,poor bloke watching a roundabout all day.LOL westbaywonder
  • Score: 5

7:34am Thu 5 Jun 14

vegit8 says...

When the mini roundabout was at the Wyke road junction everyone drove over it, including the police!
When the mini roundabout was at the Wyke road junction everyone drove over it, including the police! vegit8
  • Score: 3

11:33pm Thu 5 Jun 14

yar2007 says...

I wouldn't worry about that roundabout. You should see the idiots in Weymouth. Red lights means keep going and put your foot down. Roundabouts. Any lane what takes your fancy. Complete muppets need to take their driving test again. Am waiting for the lights to be removed and the roundabouts reinstalled and maybe get rid of some of the other traffic lights there is too many in such a small area. They are the cause of traffic build up and road rage not the failed Olympic legacy.
I wouldn't worry about that roundabout. You should see the idiots in Weymouth. Red lights means keep going and put your foot down. Roundabouts. Any lane what takes your fancy. Complete muppets need to take their driving test again. Am waiting for the lights to be removed and the roundabouts reinstalled and maybe get rid of some of the other traffic lights there is too many in such a small area. They are the cause of traffic build up and road rage not the failed Olympic legacy. yar2007
  • Score: 0

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