The Proper Way to Drive Through a Roundabout

With the new roundabout at SR 61 north of Boonville, Indiana State Police and Warrick County Sheriff’s Office want to remind the motoring public how to properly and safely navigate through a roundabout.

Drivers will see the new roundabout on SR 61 at New Harmony/Shelton Road.

Roundabouts have been around for many years, but they are new to Warrick County.

The Boonville Bypass project includes three roundabouts, located at:

– SR 61 (Boonville Bypass)
– Millersburg Road
– New Harmony Road at Eskew Road
– SR 61 at New Harmony/Shelton Road

Once SR 61 is open, motorists will once again be able to travel from Boonville to Lynnville.

The Boonville Bypass west of SR 61 is not scheduled to open until later this year.

The Proper Way to Drive through a Roundabout:

– Slow down and stay in your lane
– Yield to vehicles already in the roundabout
– Obey one-way signs at all times
– When traffic is clear, merge to the right and continue to stay in your lane
– Continue through the roundabout until you reach your exit point
– Avoid stopping in a roundabout
– Yield to pedestrians and bicycles when there is a crosswalk
– When exiting, signal and exit to the right
– Left turns are completed by circling around the center island and then making a right turn to exit

All roundabouts in Warrick County are single lane.

Indiana law requires motorists to yield the right-of-way to semi-trucks while driving inside a roundabout.

Roundabouts are designed to reduce potential crash points within an intersection and improve the flow of traffic.

According to Indiana Department of Transportation, they also reduce crashes involving injuries and fatalities.

(This story was originally published on August 10, 2017)

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