Some chunk of my time gets devoted to researching and writing about traffic safety. One major element in increasing safety is utilizing roundabouts instead of sign or light controlled intersections. When this is done fatalities drop by about 90% and crashes overall by about 40%. Alcohol is another critical element. Alcohol and driving do not mix very well.
Well, alcohol and traffic engineering may not mix very well either. Getting drunk is a popular pastime among many throughout the UK and one which many are beginning to realize has become very problematic. Magic Roundabouts are one apparent result of this abundant drunkenness. If one roundabout is good then a few pints apparently makes 5 seem better and maybe just one more pint makes putting those 5 in the middle of a giant traffic circle the epitome of traffic engineering. Click here for a Google satellite image.