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  

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