For some, intersection roundabouts are more hazard than safety feature

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Big pots sitting in St. Louis streets keep getting hit by cars. It happened again early Thursday morning; the fourth time in the same south city neighborhood in the past week. They're meant to slow down traffic, but they were never meant to be permanent.

Alderman Shane Cohn agrees they’re eyesores and that their effectiveness in slowing traffic often depends upon the driver.

“If someone’s not paying attention and they smash into something in the middle of the road when they’re going 40 miles an hour, then they’re working,” Cohn said.

The pots—or “roundabouts”—were meant to be temporary, an inexpensive trial run on improving safety.

Deanna Venker, Commissioner of Traffic for the City of St. Louis, agrees the roundabouts can be an eyesore, and added the city is developing new guidelines for traffic improvements, which may includes provisions for how long temporary fixes are allowed to stay in place.