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Crashes at circles cause for concern

Efforts by the city in educating motorists about how to handle traffic circles seems to be paying off, but there are those new to the city who are still confused about how to handle them, say police.

The city posted signs telling motorists where to turn at traffic circles during the summer, but Sgt. Barry Maron with the police service’s traffic division says new-to-Edmonton drivers are still confused.

“The signs have helped, but we still have a ways to go,” said Maron. “There are still lots of collisions on traffic circles.”

A crash at the traffic circle at the intersection of 118 Avenue and St. Albert Trail on Monday night resulted in the death of a 51-year-old female driver and the injury of a 45-year-old man.

Police say the woman lost control of the vehicle at a green light and it struck a light standard.

In this case, police believe speed and alcohol may have been factors in the collision.

But Maron says the collision is still a reminder that people need to “do things properly” in handling traffic circles.

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