Allow me to explain why I thought it could help with navigation.
Have a look at this map (obviously incomplete):PermaLink
You're driving south on "Seven Hills Rd" and intending to continue without turning off - though not being a local, you don't know that yet. Leabons Rd intersection is actually a set of traffic lights (not the roundabout - old aerial shots). As you curve left, right at the top of the map, you're told "In 800m, at the roundabout, continue straight."
Frankly a set of lights is of more importance than a plain intersection - I'd prefer to be told of the lights rather than the roundabout far beyond them. A non-local needs to hear "In 200m, at the traffic lights, continue straight" followed shortly thereafter by "In 200m, at the roundabout, continue straight".
Also consider "in 200m turn left" - I'm not sure about other countries, but many streets in Australian capitals have a parallel laneway adjacent the street - it serves for loading docks and delivery points for those buildings. So given this layout (the plus is a plain junction, the asterisk is lights):
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--> travel --^
The annotation "at the traffic lights" clarifies whether the main street or the laneway is required. Note that the difference between the laneway and the street could be as little as 25m (75 ft). Hardly enough for an ordinary person to differentiate from 200m away.
Finally, this also may make it easier to have navigation rules such as "avoid traffic lights" or "prefer traffic lights to unmanaged intersections".