>Are you ever allowed to cross double yellow lines to turn left?

>Question:

There are sometimes shopping areas that are to the left, but the street is narrow with only 2 lanes (one oncoming and the other that I’m driving in). The lanes are divided by a double yellow line. Am I allowed to cross the double yellow line by turning left into the shopping center? Or do I have to drive down a few blocks and u-turn…

Answer:

Straight out of The California DMV Driver Handbook
(http://www.cal-driver-ed.com/dmv-handbook/21.htm)

[A* You may cross a solid double yellow line to turn left.]

* Turning left at an intersection.
* TURNING INTO OR OUT OF A PRIVATE ROAD OR DRIVEWAY
* In a carpool lane that has a designated entrance on the left.
* Instructed to drive on the other side of the road because your side is closed or blocked.”

So…

Yes, OK to cross double yellow to turn left.

No, do not cross double yellow to pass another vehicle.

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