Fredericton — In a pleasantly surprising press release, the City of Fredericton reported only 10 motor vehicle accidents on the opening day of the capital city’s new roundabout.
While many speculated that the opening day would have at least 32 accidents and 4 deaths, the city proudly laid to rest any worries in an announcement by Mayor Brad Woodside Wednesday morning.
“They said we couldn’t do it. That we’d be crazy to try. But we showed them that with a little public education and a whole of of luck, anything is possible,” said Woodside.
Critics from around the globe are still waiting to see whether day 2 brings any more accidents, as they suggest it is likely that people were too afraid to try driving through on the first day, but will now have a false sense of confidence after hearing about how few accidents there were.
As evidenced in the video above from YouTube user John Smith, the City of Fredericton’s official public education campaign did not have the desired effect. The city’s transportation department is now in talks with The Manatee to produce a video that better explains roundabout usage.
Here is that video.