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Roundabouts suggested as an effective remedy for traffic congestion in the city

Guyana Guardian photo of a congested intersection at the corner of Charlotte and King Streets, Georgetown. Photo was taken at around 5pm today; a period considered to be off peak in the inner city.Guyana Guardian photo of a congested intersection at the corner of Charlotte and King Streets, Georgetown. Photo was taken at around 5pm today; a period considered to be off peak in the inner city.

Georgetown: – Referring to the apparent benefits of round-a-bouts in other Caribbean countries such as Barbados, local motorists are of the view that a similar system can work here if it is properly implemented.

A roundabout is basically a rotary traffic junction where traffic flows in one direction around a central circular hub-space to reach any one of many roads that has converged on it.

It is widely used in many Caribbean countries, and is a major part of the American and British road transport systems.

Traffic experts have long argued that roundabouts are more advantageous and safer than traffic lights and other traffic signals because it reduces the chances of accidents, and prevents traffic build-ups by ensuring that there is a continuous flow of traffic along several connected routes.

Regional statistics have also shown that because roundabouts promotes low speed access with no traffic lights to beat along a temporary one way route, road accidents are often reduced by over 60% with injuries from accidents making a dramatic drop by 80% across all regions that have replaced traffic lights with roundabouts.

In Guyana, roundabouts are almost non-existent, as the country continues to rely heavily on traffic lights, road signs and the right-of-way method, which has often resulted in large traffic build-ups, regular road accidents, and generally unsafe traffic conditions in the city for motorists and commuters alike.

And in despite of various recommendations for the installation of roundabouts by many in the local press and at various traffic forums, there have been no commitment from the authorities that such an initiative will be considered anytime soon.

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