Fewer accidents in roundabouts

Traffic at Summerland’s three roundabout intersections is much safer than before the intersections were installed, police say.

Traffic at Summerland’s three roundabout intersections is much safer than before the intersections were installed, police say.

Speaking to municipal council on Monday evening, Cpl. Bruce Haley said police have noticed fewer accidents than in the past.

“It’s much safer now and there’s a much better flow of traffic,” he said.

“I believe they contribute to safer intersections.”

Police attended one accident in a roundabout, in late June.

Haley said some motorists still struggle with the rules governing traffic in the roundabouts, although most manage the intersections without incident.

Two of the roundabouts, on Rosedale Avenue and Peach Orchard Road and on Rosedale Avenue and Prairie Valley Road, were installed several years ago during an upgrade of the entrances to the community.

The most recent roundabout, a large oval at the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road, was completed and officially opened this summer.

It replaces a four-way stop which had been in place for many years at the busy intersection.