Letters: Problem with roundabout

Design of Sooke's proposed roundabout raises questions

OK; I admit it, I’m not always the “sharpest knife in the drawer” but I am having real difficulties understanding the rules of the road as they are described in today’s front page item about the new roundabout/traffic circle to be built in scenic downtown Sooke.

I am wondering about the implication that big vehicles, such as lumber trucks, – (and presumable larger trailers and recreation vehicles?) – will be able to cut across the “median” in the centre rather than following the counterclockwise circle rules to be observed by the rest of us?

Perhaps it’s the way this “self-elected” manouver is described that reminds me of the adage in Orwell’s Animal Farm: “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.”

And if the “right” to push on straight through is indeed what is intended, then what happens if the “self-selected straight through” vehicle centre punches somebody going in a circle and not expecting to see that big, big radiator come straight at them?

So, do the regular rules of the highway apply to one and all or just some? And who decides?

I hope somebody can enlighten me as to what is really intended with this design but right now it sounds like an ambulance chasing lawyer’s dream.

Andy Neimers

Sooke

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