Re the March 4 letter Looking for a stop sign: South Florida drivers, indeed, are confused about how to navigate roundabouts, or traffic circles. Here’s a quick guide: According to the 2014 Florida Driver’s Handbook, “Roundabouts are circular intersections with no traffic signal, which improve traffic flow and reduce traffic crashes.” It continues: “Drivers entering the roundabout must yield to traffic already in the circle.”
In other words, the two primary rules are: Drivers entering the circle shouldn’t force their way in, causing vehicles already in the circle to slow or stop. They should instead wait for a sufficient gap in traffic; after entering the circle, drivers should continue moving and not stop on their way to exiting.
As for non-motorized traffic: “Prior to entering or exiting the roundabout, drivers must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks. Bicyclists may take the lane in the roundabout, or use the sidewalk.”
For more information, the handbook can be seen on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
Steve Blahnik, Miami