Circles of confusion

2008-09-11 00:00

Do you know how to use a traffic circle?

This question is not as ridiculous as it may sound. The new traffic circle in New England Road has shown that some local drivers are not sure of how to negotiate one correctly.

A Hayfields resident reported seeing a driver mount the island in the middle of the circle and drive straight across it to go up Hesketh Drive. Another saw a driver turn right around the circle into the on-coming traffic. Two women allegedly also parked in the middle of the circle and walked across the road to the nearby supermarket.

The Witness approached Kenny Chetty, the Msunduzi Municipality’s acting manager for public safety (traffic and security), for information on the correct way to use a traffic circle. He provided the accompanying diagrams which can be seen in the video.

Check out how Pietermaritzburg drivers negotiate traffic circles:

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