Hull drivers not using mini-roundabouts safely

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Hull drivers not using mini-roundabouts safely

Hull drivers not using mini-roundabouts safely
2022-01-09 11:37:00
Hull drivers have not been using mini-roundabouts safely and correctly, a road safety charity has said. Safer Roads Humber is now issuing an appeal to urge all motorists to start using mini-roundabouts properly, saying everyone will be happier and less confused if they are treated correctly. Regular road users across the area will be aware that motorists often take risks at mini-roundabouts, not following the rules as if it were a larger physical barrier. For the latest traffic and travel news and headlines, click here. Mini-roundabouts are by design (and by name) smaller than their bigger cousins and this means less room to manoeuvre and less time to react when things go wrong. As with all types of junction they can become dangerous when not used correctly as other motorists will not be able to anticipate drivers flouting the laws of the road. Kevin from the Safer Roads Humber partnership said: “With mini-roundabouts, these rules seem to go out of the window. Drivers often take risks at mini-roundabouts (Image: Peter Harbour) “I don't know whether people don't realise all the rules still apply on mini-roundabouts or if they think because they are only small they think that the rules are different. “The same rules do apply, you need to give way to traffic from your right and you need to be revolving around the central hub of the roundabout as if it is a physical barrier. “If you cut across the roundabout you are effectively going around it the wrong way in contravention of all traffic laws.” Safer Roads Humber was founded in 2007 and is a group of agencies involved in road safety, combining expertise from different organisations to reduce road casualties in the area. The partnership comprises of Humberside Police, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, Highways England and Humberside Fire & Rescue Service. The partnership's main aim is to encourage a change in attitude and behaviour amongst road users so that the roads of Humberside are safer for all. For the traffic and travel news in your area enter your postcode below The partnership issued their mini-roundabout appeal this week to urge everyone to begin using them safely for the benefit of all. Kevin said: “It throws everybody into confusion because people the want to enter the roundabout and use it correctly can't because there are vehicles on the roundabout exactly where they shouldn't be. “Everybody should be passing that central hub with the dot on the road on the drivers right hand side, if you pass it on the left hand side of the vehicle you've done it all wrong. “So please, let's all start using mini-roundabouts correctly, treat them as a big roundabout, lets do it right and lets do it safely then everyone will be a whole lot happier.” In the case of mini-roundabouts, the Highway Code says: “Approach these in the same way as normal roundabouts. “All vehicles MUST pass round the central markings except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so. “Remember, there is less space to manoeuvre and less time to signal. “Avoid making U-turns at mini-roundabouts. Beware of others doing this.” For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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