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Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.

 
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Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
They have installed lots of round abouts here and they are so vastly superior in every concievable way to stupid, outdated traffic lights. The don't require electrical power, you almost NEVER have to wait at one, no matter how much traffic there is. All these people sitting at stop lights, are burning billions of barrels of gas up a year. you use the most gas when you have to slow down, then re-accelerate your 3000lb vehicle. When the traffic is constantly being moved through the intersection, no traffic ever builds up.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
I agree. Change takes time though.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
also, it is nearly impossible to have a fatal collision in a round about. IT would save billions in healthcare and hospital expenses, not to mention car insurance rates.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
best not to try using logic and facts to present arguments. People don't care about logic.

You'd be best off saying, the roundabouts will look a lot prettier because the center of them will be nicely manicured.

People like looks and image. Focus on that. Have a nice day.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
there is a roundabout in cape cod massachusettes at a busy intersection. lotsa tourists. most people panic in the fucker and end up doin loops
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Ahh another good British idea.
Though will they work in america? they require a disipline of 'giving way' and I doubt that americans would humble themselves.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
also, it is nearly impossible to have a fatal collision in a round about. IT would save billions in healthcare and hospital expenses, not to mention car insurance rates.
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9teen It's a bit late now. Roundabouts require land, and quite a bit of it.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
have you seen the size of the intersections, jude? you could fit a pair in, that would confuse the fuckers lol.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
if they shipped everything by train, we would save more than a billion gals of gas and help on air pollution
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
As it is in most all things we should follow nature with this. Remove all stop signs and traffic lights. Let natural selection and survival of the fittest prevail. The weak, meek and underpowered cars would be pushed to the side. The strong in driving prowess would soon rain supreme and usher in a new revolution of progress for our great society.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
As it is in most all things we should follow nature with this. Remove all stop signs and traffic lights. Let natural selection and survival of the fittest prevail. The weak, meek and underpowered cars would be pushed to the side. The strong in driving prowess would soon rain supreme and usher in a new revolution of progress for our great society.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Caause America has a FUCKING HORRIBLE ROAD SYSTEM I live in mmichigan AND HOLY SHIT!!!! they redo Roads they did last year just to Tar it and do it again next year its a JOKE!

We use cheap materials that are NOT meant to last more that 3 months smooth and after 7 months looks like cracked shit ghetto ass roads like it did right before they fixed it.


We spend Trillions of dollars yet The country dosnt see a penny of it that goes toward LONG LASTING materials. NOOO they would just use the cheapest most Toxic Materials they can find on the market to fuck up the infrastructure.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Ahh another good British idea.
Though will they work in america? they require a disipline of 'giving way' and I doubt that americans would humble themselves.
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yeah, there's always the numbskulls who think it's a contest to see how fast they can drive through it without slowing down, you can actually almost drive through them without slowing down much, when there's no one else going through.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Because it would confuse Americans. (Picture Frankie McDonald attempting to put a square peg in a round hole).
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Caause America has a FUCKING HORRIBLE ROAD SYSTEM I live in mmichigan AND HOLY SHIT!!!! they redo Roads they did last year just to Tar it and do it again next year its a JOKE!

We use cheap materials that are NOT meant to last more that 3 months smooth and after 7 months looks like cracked shit ghetto ass roads like it did right before they fixed it.


We spend Trillions of dollars yet The country dosnt see a penny of it that goes toward LONG LASTING materials. NOOO they would just use the cheapest most Toxic Materials they can find on the market to fuck up the infrastructure.
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yeah, the road materials they use on the Autoban last a long time, because you don't wanna hit a pothole doing 150mph. I just really wonder how much cheaper it actually is, to use these high grade materials, that don't need as much maintenance.

Low bid wins the contract though, that's the law.

Also, though it's the heavy trucks that ruin the roads, so much transportation in the US depends on trucking. If it was just cars, the roads would last a long time.

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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
it's hard to keep roads perfect on cold climates. If it routinely gets significantly below freezing, like in the great plains, roads will buckle and heave over time, that's just the way it is.

A good base is important, but there's no base that will completely prevent heaving outside of going below the frost line, which is why houses in cold climates tend to have basements. With that said, they are redoing stretches of interstate around here that don't really need it.

South Dakota for some reason has great interstate condition compared to neighboring states like MN.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
That's what' great about hybrids or electrics. The engine shuts off when the car isn't moving. Saves a ton of energy.

Roundabouts are a good idea, but they do take a lot more land.

Another great thing about roundabouts is you can go right, straight, left, or even a U-turn from the same intersection, all without crossing oncoming traffic.

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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
there is a roundabout in cape cod massachusettes at a busy intersection. lotsa tourists. most people panic in the fucker and end up doin loops
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I was in one of those roundabouts on Cape Cod, with a Semi-Truck. Dumb ass tried to pass me on the right shoulder, hit my rear tandem and trashed his car. Then tried to blame me! Cops arrested his butt for disorderly conduct, passing on the right and assaulting a police officer. He also had to pay for damage to my truck.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Caause America has a FUCKING HORRIBLE ROAD SYSTEM I live in mmichigan AND HOLY SHIT!!!! they redo Roads they did last year just to Tar it and do it again next year its a JOKE!

We use cheap materials that are NOT meant to last more that 3 months smooth and after 7 months looks like cracked shit ghetto ass roads like it did right before they fixed it.


We spend Trillions of dollars yet The country dosnt see a penny of it that goes toward LONG LASTING materials. NOOO they would just use the cheapest most Toxic Materials they can find on the market to fuck up the infrastructure.
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Ever been to India?
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Our drivers are bad enough as it is, couldn't you see the Three Stooges type situations that would happen.

There are a few roundabouts where I grew up, and a couple where I live now. They are all on lightly traveled streets. Most drivers freak when there is more than one car. Instead of going with they flow they just sit there or pull in not paying attention to anything else and end up having fender benders. I couldn't imagine them on heavily traveled or high speed streets, I think there would be a raise in automobile casualties if we installed roundabouts instead of stop lignts. Though, there are some that don't pay attention to lights either, I've been hit twice at stop lights.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
a roundabout uses not much more land than a conventional four way stop intersection. traffic flows flows smoother no head on or t-bone collisions . but it would seriously kill the traffic light industry lol
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
"Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year."


Ummm I think you answered your own question.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
its not convenient for the jew agenda. many things are not as they should be.. good observation.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
"Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year."


Ummm I think you answered your own question.
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THIS

If it saves money somethings wrong. On top of that you get the extra business of car wrecks because of them. Come on now think.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
"Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year."


Ummm I think you answered your own question.
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Why don't diesel trucks run on hemp oil?

Same reason.
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
I live in a town with one sitting at THE main intersection in town (small town...). It is sometimes hilarious to watch divers completely fall apart when they get to it. Pretty simple folks, yield to the left (in America)... :) I've seen people just flat out STOP in mid circle because they have no idea what to do... I do agree, but insurance rates would SKYROCKET ;)
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Re: Why isn't every intersection in the US a roundabout instead of a stupid traffic light? It would save billions of barrels of gas a year.
Good argument. Germany apparently only has to pave roads once every 20 years or something crazy like that. They do it right the first time so it lasts. Why wont they do that here?? Because we would put how many people out of work, it would cost to much on the front end...on and on and on. According to dictator Obama, "We need shovel-ready jobs". Here Mr. Dictator, I have something you can shovel!!!!

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