I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
Here are emails from readers, please keep them coming and thanks for them. We need to keep the pressure on the State and the County otherwise, we will lose our voices in matters like these!
Randy, thank you for letting the
I don’t know if you have been following the issues with roundabouts, but here is something you might find interesting on a lawsuit for crossing the roundabouts with concerns for the blind.
Federal Disability Lawsuit Challenges Traffic Roundabouts
Attorney Richard Bernstein is filing the lawsuit in
The three plaintiffs filing the lawsuit are:
•Garret Gersin, an 18 year-old, who is completely blind and spent years learning how to safely cross conventional intersections
•Jason Turkish, a 20 year-old University of Michigan graduate, who is legally blind and often visits relatives in West Bloomfield, where “roundabouts” are being built
•Michael Harris, a military veteran who uses a wheelchair and is deeply concerned about the proliferation of “roundabouts” across
Attorney and disability rights advocate Richard Bernstein, who is also blind, represents the three Metro Detroiters bringing the suit.
Randy I don’t live in
Slowing down on roundabouts
By Mary Lazich
The state of
Before the state proceeds with its plan to blanket roadways with roundabouts, it should slow down and I have made that request to the DOT. I have also asked the DOT to rethink the roundabout at
The design at the
Some of my constituents that have corresponded with me about roundabouts have been receptive to the roundabout concept. They agree with the DOT that roundabouts improve safety and reduce crashes. The DOT contends, “Roundabouts move traffic safely through an intersection because of slower speeds, fewer conflict points, and decision-making. Studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that roundabouts provide a 90% reduction in fatal crashes, 76% reduction in injury crashes, 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes, and a 10% reduction in bicycle crashes.”
However, constituents I have heard from angrily oppose roundabouts. I am very concerned about the danger posed by roundabouts resulting in accidents. There are other concerns including poor signage and lane markings that I have already indicated. What about semi-trailer trucks? The configuration of roundabouts makes it extremely difficult for semi-trailers, long trucks, campers, and cars with boats to successfully negotiate the turns.
Proponents at the DOT suggest frustrated motorists, in time, and with more education will learn to accept roundabouts. How does DOT adequately train the masses, the vast number of motorists on our roadways? Most of them will never get their hands on a DOT brochure or see a roundabout video on the DOT website.
That is why I suggest the state put the brakes on roundabouts until the kinks can be worked out. The idea is to improve all aspects of roundabouts: design, safety, ease of use. The DOT should bring together special study groups of designers, engineers, and importantly motorists to determine the best model for roundabouts. I have asked the DOT to conduct simulations with a cross-section of
Until then, the state should put away the plans to build more and more because the current roundabout design at I-43 and