In several Pennsylvania locations with roundabouts, the average numbers of fatalities and crashes dropped 100% and 21% respectively over a 20-year period, according to recent data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
PennDOT’s data was based on police-submitted crash reports from 2000-2019. The data also showed, however, that by 2019 property damage-only accidents were up 21% and overall crashes were still at nearly 80% of where they were in 2000.
For the study, PennDOT reviewed 22 roundabouts at intersections across the commonwealth. Each location was chosen based on having at least three years of crash data prior to the construction of the traffic circles, which were configured at each site to improve traffic safety and flow. In addition to the 22 studied, there are 34 more roundabouts in Pennsylvania not included in the review and another 40 in the works.
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