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Conduct in Central Point roundabout irks motorist

I live in Central Point near the intersection of Taylor Road and Silver Creek Drive. Several years ago, the city or county put in a roundabout at this intersection.

Before the roundabout, the cars entering Taylor Road from Silver Creek had to obey a stop sign posted there. As I understand the DMV (Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division), the persons coming from all directions are required to yield to the vehicle that arrives at the intersection first before proceeding.

At this intersection, however, it doesn't seem to work that way.

Vehicles traveling on Taylor assume they have the right of way even though there is a yield sign on all four corners.

This problem is compounded when vehicles follow tailgate through the intersection.

Needless to say there have been some near misses and some yelling and horn-blowing. I believe this should be a four-way stop, thus eliminating conflict as to who really has the right of way.

I would appreciate it if you could address this issue. It might help if you could visit this intersection and see the problem firsthand.

— Bill, Central Point

I have visited this roundabout recently, Bill.

It's kind of small as roundabouts go. There's not much reason for me to go on with the DMV Code, as you've pretty well nailed it.

Drivers entering the roundabout should yield to drivers already within the roundabout, and using turn signals throughout helps matters greatly.

This particular roundabout is not one that I normally travel, having been through it just a handful of times.

It is not something that I would sit on to enforce because it is within the city limits of Central Point.

I will pass on your concerns, but you should contact City Hall regarding the problems you're describing.

Ask for extra enforcement or see whether there's any chance of getting them to change it back to the way it was before.

Dace Cochran, a patrol sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, writes a weekly Q&A column on police issues for the Mail Tribune. Have a question for him? Write to Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501, or email cochradc@jacksoncounty.org.