More calls for roundabout

Malahide councillors continue to demand that Elgin replace the current crash-prone intersection of county-owned Imperial Line and Ron McNeil Road with a traffic roundabout.

At a meeting Thursday, May 18, Councillor Rick Cerna said yet another crash had occurred two days earlier at the intersection, the fourth or fifth since January.

He suggested Malahide pressure Elgin County to again review the situation there. “We’ve got to do something with that intersection,” and the only likely solution was a roundabout.

He’d also heard that London was doubling installation of photo radar and red-light cameras at intersections in that city.

For full details see the May 24 edition of The Aylmer Express

  • Scott Batson

    People using the road make mistakes (like speeding, running stop signs and red lights, turning left in front of oncoming traffic), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury.

    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world – the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes – (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system – intersections. The reduction in speed to about 20 mph and sideswipe geometry mean that, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you might need a tow truck, but rarely an ambulance. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or US FHWA for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts.

    The US FHWA has been saying for over 20 years that signal intersections have TEN TIMES the fatality risk of modern roundabouts.