Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weekly Tip - Double Yellow Lines

Drivers often ask about crossing or turning over double yellow lines. It is lawful to turn across a double yellow line in order to turn into or out of public or private property. Double yellow lines are generally used to divide a roadway when there is two-way traffic. Passing is not allowed over a double yellow line at any time. Take a look at the DMV website for additional information on roadway markings. Remember that two double yellow sets of lines in a roadway constitute a divided roadway and are a painted median. It is unlawful to turn across such a marking.


  1. Huh? I read the above, then I read the DMV page which reads: Never drive to the left of these lines unless you are: Turning into or out of a private road or driveway. Could somebody explain to this rocket scientist the double talk. THey BOTH can't be right, right?

  2. The photo on the post represents a single, double yellow line. You may never drive left of a single, double yellow in order to pass, but you may turn left across it to enter or exit driveways etc.

    Two sets of solid double yellow lines may not be driven across. Some folks call this a double-double (not the burger) and these markings are considered a painted median.