SALINAS, Calif. -

Officials with the Transportation Agency of Monterey County are engaged in a $300,000 study focused on roundabouts.

Currently, there are about 20 different intersections throughout the county being looked at for possible roundabouts. All 12 cities in the county have areas that county transportation officials are studying.

Among those are Highway 68 and 17 Mile Drive, as well as Central Avenue and First Street in Pacific Grove.

This latest study by the transportation agency will focus on roundabouts versus signal lights. Transportation officials say roundabouts tend to be safer and more efficient and can reduce injuries and fatalities by as much as 80 to 90 percent.