Thursday, May 24, 2007
Treating wide two lane roads like four lanes
Q:What's the definitive rule on roads not striped for two lanes each direction? Specifically, a road (for example: Jefferson Blvd between Logan and Hill)that is not striped for two lanes in each direction. Yet, the accepted practice is to treat Jefferson as if it were two lanes each direction. Why is this allowed? Why not just stripe roads like Jefferson into 4 lanes?

A: You are correct that roads like Jefferson that are wider than usual are commonly driven as four lanes of travel. The answer is that these roads are still only designated as a TWO lane road (separated by a single or double yellow stripe, with no other white dividing lane striping in the same lane).

If traffic enforcement action is taken on a driver for using the road as such, it can result in a ticket for improper passing or unsafe lane movement.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 10:50 AM  

Welcome to the newly reformatted South Bend Police Department Blog. This blog is an excellent way for us to be more accessible to the public through open communication not typical for law enforcement.

This blog incorporates SBPD related announcements, our popular Ask A Cop feature questions still answered, Twitter updates, and other Crime Prevention related tips you can use.

Take a look at the articles posted on this blog and you’ll find many inform-
ative and interesting topics. We try to cover issues that really affect you such as providing a wide range of safety and crime prevention tips, or explaining some of the mysteries of police work so you have a better understanding of why we do things.

You also get to hear periodically from our guest bloggers such as recruits going through the academies to become officers. “Ask A Cop” is still here, and since 2006 has been very popular with over 360 questions from citizens and our answers posted to date!


Thanks for visiting. If you have any questions or suggestions about the blog, contact us!

About Ask A Cop
The South Bend Police Ask A Cop forum and blog is provided for entertainment purposes only. Content provided is for general information and does not represent an all inclusive answer for every person and every situation.

As such, all content is provided 'as is' and without warranties or guarantees of any kind, either express or implied. Use of this site and reliance on the content is exclusively at the user's risk.

Information provided on or through this site does not constitute legal advice nor legal representation. For these purposes, the user should consult an attorney.

Questions submitted to Ask A Cop are read and reviewed to determine the eligibility of the question for publication.
The South Bend Police Department reserves the right not to answer or post a question, particularly if the content is deemed unacceptable or inappropriate.

  • Submit your Ask A Cop Question Here!
  • The SBPD Blog

    From Twitter:
      follow me on Twitter
      Previous Post
      Links