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Street Squad - Southlake roundabouts

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Roundabouts in North Texas are more than just functional for traffic -- in Southlake, they are aesthetic, but not everyone sees them in that light.

Some say they're dangerous, but cops think they're great, and more are coming.

Southlake Assistant Police Chief James Brandon can't say enough good things about traffic circles in his city.

"The way they are designed, they actually reduce by about 75 percent the number of potential points where cars could actually hit each other," said Brandon.

Brandon also says they reduce long-term costs of maintaining red light intersections when it comes to maintaining and replacing the lights.

"They have produced no traffic problems for us," said Brandon.
"As a matter of fact, they have alleviated some things. Research shows there is about a 30 to 80 percent reduction in right angle accidents, so if you think of a typical intersection, the way cars would enter it, you have those T-bone kind of accidents."

Drivers seem to have differing opinions on the roundabouts.

"People stop a lot for it," said Southlake resident Sadie Martinez. "I mean, it's kind of horrible sometimes."

Another driver said they seem to make traffic flow better.

But love them or hate them, they are here to stay.

"This is the fourth one," said Brandon. "We've got a fifth one coming up down the road at White's Chapel and East Highland."

Need help with your traffic problems?

Call James Rose at 214-468-7432.

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