Updated Saturday, August 20, 2011 ::
I was driving through a two-lane roundabout the other day, and a car with a boat trailer decided to go straight through the circle, instead of turning as they were supposed to do. I narrowly escaped having a 19 foot Bayliner as my new hood ornament.
Is it just me, or are the signs on the local Roundabouts just a tad confusing. Whatever happened to the good old days when a sign would say something like RIGHT LANE MUST TURN RIGHT, or NO LEFT TURN. Today, our politically correct government has adopted non-lingual images that drivers are supposed to observe and interpret in a fraction of a second. Many of the abstract art-like images used as instructional signs look like Picasso’s renditions with plenty of dots, circles and curvy lines. The signs are better suited for the Art Gallery of Ontario rather than being placed 1-2 seconds ahead of entering a busy roundabout. Wikipedia makes reference to abstract art - they state that “total Abstraction” bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. That describes to a tee the roundabout signs in use. My guess is that Wikipedia derived their description of abstract art after driving through the roundabouts on Ira Needles during rush hour.
One could argue that as a licensed driver in Ontario, we should all know and understand the instruction that each and every image is meant to convey. The reality proves otherwise - just look at the increase in roundabout accidents over the past year. If you feel like I do, then write your MP and ask them to address the problem. Better yet, draw a picture of the problem and send it to them!
That’s all for now,
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