The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) kicked off the first National Roundabouts Week on Monday. When it comes to making travel through intersections safer, the modern roundabouts being built by state, local and tribal agencies are true lifesavers. In fact, roundabouts reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by about 80% when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections, according to the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual. This is a huge benefit, considering that thousands of people are killed in crashes related to intersections every year. It’s reassuring to know there are now over 4,000 modern roundabouts across the country, and the number is growing. This is why FHWA is launching “National Roundabouts Week,” a campaign to conduct education, outreach and awareness to the U.S. traveling public about roundabouts in order to support state and local efforts to build these safer intersections. National Roundabouts Week runs through Friday. The National Roundabouts Week web page can be found at