Safety improves with roundabouts

A year after the roundabouts were set up at two Summerland intersections, motorists are handling them correctly, although some are still overly cautious.

A year after the roundabouts were set up at two Summerland intersections, motorists are handling them correctly, although some are still overly cautious.

“Some people are a little bit slow to get in,” said Sgt. Mona Kauffeld of the Summerland RCMP detachment, “but overall, people seem to be going through the roundabouts very well.”

She said there are fewer accidents at the two intersections, particularly the intersection of Rosedale Avenue and Peach Orchard Road.

Before the roundabout was installed there, traffic on Jubilee Road West and Peach Orchard Road had to stop, while traffic on Rosedale Avenue kept moving.

The second roundabout, at Rosedale Avenue, Prairie Valley Road and Wharton Street, replaced a four-way stop.

Kauffeld said motorists must watch for traffic approaching from the left, entering the roundabout when safe.

Kauffeld said other intersections in Summerland still are problem areas.

Police have identified Victoria Road North and Jubilee Road as one area of concern, while Victoria Road North and Quinpool Road has also been identified.

At Rosedale Avenue and at Prairie Valley Road, accidents occur when motorists make left turns.

“Both of them are well-designed intersections,” Kauffeld said. “A lot of it is just driver error.”