Health & Safety

May 17, 2013

Roundabouts increase safety when used properly

Tags:
Tech. Sgt Ramone Hayes
99th Air Base Wing Safety

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam
A pedestrian and several cars pass through the roundabout on the corner of Fitzgerald Boulevard and Ellsworth Avenue on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The roundabout is being used to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce fuel consumption, air pollution and accidents.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Motorists have enjoyed the benefits of four roundabouts here since June 2012.

Modern roundabouts have been shown to provide a number of safety, operational and other benefits when compared to other types of intersections by using a geometric design to reduce vehicle speed.

Drivers should familiarize themselves with entering and exiting roundabouts on base and in the greater Las Vegas valley to reduce your chances of being involved in an preventable accident.

Traditional intersections, with stop signs or traffic signals, frequently see severe collisions as a result of vehicles traveling through the intersection at high speeds. The design of a roundabout reduces these common types of crashes because vehicles are always traveling in the same direction.

One common point of confusion is how to effectively enter a roundabout. When approaching a roundabout, you should see a yellow “roundabout ahead” sign with an advisory speed limit. Slow down, and watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk and vehicles already in the roundabout. Continue forward and look to your left as you slow down or stop in order to let the traffic in the roundabout pass. Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. When exiting, look for pedestrians and use your turn signal to inform other drivers your intentions are to exit.

By following these traffic laws you can proceed to your destination safely while saving on valuable time.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

CDOS 2014 comes to a close

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis Many people view the Labor Day weekend as the end of summer and a last chance to travel, hit Lake Mead, fire up the grill or indulge in their favorite outdoor ...
 
 

Lomie G. Heard Elementary School faculty looking forward to new school year

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Dominga Romero (left), special programs teacher assistant, and Terri Gravnitz (right), early childhood special education teacher, prepare their classroom for the start of the new school year at Lomie G. Heard Elementary School on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 21. The new school year...
 
 

Revisiting, examining four elements of leadership

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Whenever I see a new revision of the Professional Development Guide, I find myself reflecting on an experience I had meeting an awards board almost 20 years ago. I was a young staff sergeant and my flight chief was a panel member. He came up with a question from the 1993...
 

 

Deeds, not words make ‘quiet professionals’

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As I was preparing for my assumption of command of the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, I was learning as much as I could about the squadron. One thing I immediately looked at was our squadron patch, because I wanted to see the emblem that represents the squadron to the rest of...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Joint U.S. forces train together during integrated Green Flag exercise

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway during Green Flag-West 14-10 at Nellis AFB, Nev., Aug. 21. Green ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

Get your caffeine at Coolbeans café

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay The Coolbeans Café, a coffee shop serving Starbucks is now open in Hangar 1003 to serve the Airmen of Creech Air Force Base. Airmen interested in getting out of their work cent...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin