Roundabouts In Bismarck, You’re Still Doing It Wrong! (VIDEO)
Fresh off the announcement that Bismarck will be getting another two roundabouts, I couldn't help but chuckle a little bit. Why? Well, the majority of you are still doing it wrong. Yep, there's one very important thing you are forgetting to do while driving through one of the several roundabouts we have in Bismarck. Any idea what that is?
Of course not, because so few people are actually doing it. In fact, most law enforcement officers I see going through roundabouts seldom do it. However, they can and will pull you over for not doing this.
So what could it be? I spoke with Robyn Kraile, the Chief of Police in the beautiful city of Lincoln, North Dakota, to get the skinny on the subject. According to the North Dakota Century Code 39-10-38, you are required to SIGNAL when leaving a roundabout. Yet, nobody does it? In case you're not familiar with North Dakota Century Code 39-10-38, it basically says if you're going to move right or left, you must signal. That includes a right turn inside a roundabout says the Chief of Police in Lincoln. Will they give you a ticket for not doing it? Probably not, but they will use it for a reason to pull you over.
Here's why you should be signaling when leaving a roundabout. The person who is waiting to enter the roundabout to your left will know it's safe to enter the roundabout if they can see you are exiting. It's really that simple.
Yesterday, I made a pit stop by the roundabout off Lincoln Road to see how many people actually signaled when exiting. As expected in my brief experiment, only ONE person did. One out of seven to be exact. By the way, I see Lincoln police pulling people over at that roundabout all the time. Pretty good bet, its for not signaling some of the time. Here's the (VIDEO).
I also spoke with a lady named Amanda, who works at the Department of Transportation, and she confirmed not signaling in a roundabout falls within this North Dakota Century Code. It's even in the drivers manual. Amanda, also lives in Lincoln and has noticed the lack of blinkers being used in roundabouts. She mentioned she's even observed officers from Highway Patrol and Sheriff's department not using their blinkers in roundabouts.
So, now you've been warned once again. Use that blinker in the roundabout when you exit. It might just save you a big hassle someday.