What is the Most Dangerous Intersection in Livingston County?

Patch wants to hear what you think is the worst intersection and why.

Last week, we brought you the with the highest average of accidents in Livingston County from 2007 to 2011, according to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Many readers expressed surprise at the list.

Barbara Hynes commented that she was surprised that the Lee Road and Whitmore Lake intersection with its three roundabouts were last on the list.

"Driving through there is like dodge 'em cars at a carnival," Hynes wrote. "I have, on occasion, gone out of my way just to avoid that intersection."

Tom Dunaj agreed with Hynes about the danger of the roundabouts.

"When I go to Costco and I have the roundabout to deal with, I always wear depends!," he wrote.

Jess Carleton wrote, "I wouldn't have been suprised if Argentine and M-59 was in the top 10. Seems like there is an accident in that intersection ever other time I drive by there.

So Patch wants to know, what do you think is the most dangerous intersection in Livingston County?

Janet August 19, 2012 at 03:03 AM
The roundabouts in Brighton are definitely poorly engineered. I refer to them as the Circles of Death, actually. To be honest, I now avoid driving through them completely. If I want a mall, I continue down I-96 to Novi and go to Twelve Oaks. It's possible to get to Costco the "back way" and avoid them. Too bad that's not true for everything else in the area. As for personal accident experience, I'd have to say the area of M-59 and US-23 has been our family's downfall. Over the years, three out of the four in our household have had fender benders there - and nowhere else!
spinmerightround August 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I get so tired of listening to the round about haters. I love them. I love that I don't have to sit at a traffic light at Lee and Whitmore Lake for 5 minutes. I love that traffic coming out of the mall isn't backed up into Panera's parking lot. And they are so easy to navigate. It's pretty damn simple. Look left. Is someone going to hit you? Don't GO! I think people who hate round abouts have trust issues. They don't trust that they don't REALLY have to look right until they start moving. One last thing I love about round abouts...Do accidents happen? SURE! But I'd rather fix a fender, then participate in a funeral. And ultimately, the more round abouts we have, the less funerals will we have.
Mindy August 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Nobody ever died in a round about! That intersection is way better than it was before them!
Kelly August 23, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Roundabouts. People do not know who they are supposed to yield to. It's not a stop and you yield to cars in the roundabout or drivers to your left!!!! Many of the drivers travelling west bound on Main Street treat the rounabout at Third as right of way for them while others stop and yield to everyone. Since drivers aren't up to date on the rules of the road maybe the sign should read "yield to drivers from left".
Janet August 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Clearly there's a misunderstanding about what some of us dislike about roundabouts. Most drivers who dislike the Brighton roundabouts have no issue with "trusting" that traffic only comes from their left. Most experienced drivers are comfortable with the concept of looking for traffic from one way only, since merging into traffic from one direction is what we do to enter a divided highway like M-59, an expressway, or one-way street. And it's not ALL roundabouts some of us hate - it's the Brighton setup in particular. This is far from the first roundabout I've encountered (although it may be the first some of its supporters have ever seen). I've driven through roundabouts in Michigan, other US states, and Canada without undue fear. The big advantage over Brighton's are in engineering. Most of the others were not only larger in circumference, allowing for greater (safer) reaction times, but they also included infinitely better signage than Brighton's muddled mess. They also included a lesser amount of entrances and exits in the circle. I admit that I've never previously seen a anything quite like Brighton's. I'm not surprised. The biggest fear to me in Brighton is being sideswiped, and the accident chart bears me out on that. Sure it's not fatal, but no thanks - I'd rather not be in the bump shop every couple of months after getting nailed by all those folks I've seen changing lanes willy-nilly once in the circle who think they "get" roundabouts and it's a cinch!


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