Road myth-buster: Get up to speed on double white lines

TO TURN or not to turn? That is the question.

Police are fed up with lazy drivers who ignore road markings and cross double white lines all in the name of finding a car park.

What many drivers don't realise is the offence can cost $204 and three demerit points.

Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit has clarified the rules surrounding double, single and broken white lines for this week's Road Rules Rumours segment.

In 2014 police issued 505 tickets - or $100,000 in fines.

Acting Sergeant Mark Johnston said there was still much confusion about the centre dividing lines.

MORE ROAD RULE MYTHS BUSTED

"These lines can be either broken dividing lines, solid continuous dividing lines, a combination of a broken dividing line and a solid continuous dividing line, or double continuous dividing lines.

"Fundamentally, on roads with traffic travelling in both directions they all indicate the centre of the roadway."

Sgt Johnston said the centre line closest to a vehicle indicated whether it was legal to cross.

"For example, if you have a broken centre dividing line that has a single continuous line beside it, if that broken dividing line is closest to your vehicle, then this indicates that you are able to cross the centre of the road under certain conditions.

"Vehicles travelling in the opposite direction to you which have the single continuous dividing line closest to their vehicle than the broken centre dividing line, they are not permitted to cross this line to overtake, but are permitted to cross this line when turning into a driveway/carpark or passing a cyclist."

Continuous centre lines

You can cross a single continuous centre line to enter or leave a road, including entering or leaving a property, or to pass a cyclist. (Must be safe to do so). It is against the law to cross a single continuous dividing line to overtake another vehicle or conduct a u-turn.

Broken centre lines

You are permitted to overtake over a broken centre line. You are also permitted to conduct a u-turn across this type of line.

Double continuous dividing lines

You are not permitted to cross double continuous dividing lines. The only exception to this rule is if you are passing a cyclist and it is safe to do so, you may cross the double continuous dividing lines to provide the safe passing distance of the cyclist.

Wide centre lines (Bruce Highway north of Eumundi to Sunshine Motorway Coolum)

Drivers are not permitted to cross the wide centre lines. Wide centre lines have a single continuous dividing line for each direction of traffic, meaning that the same rules apply as if there was only one single continuous dividing line.


Rural Aid helping primary producers when ‘chips are down’

Premium Content Rural Aid helping primary producers when ‘chips are down’

During Mental Health Month, Rural Aid asked their counsellors to share what they...

The battle for the diverse seat of Callide is underway

Premium Content The battle for the diverse seat of Callide is underway

IT IS one of Queensland’s most diverse seats, coving the Darling Downs, Central...

Mobile nurses hit the road for women’s clinics

Premium Content Mobile nurses hit the road for women’s clinics

DARLING Downs nurses are hitting the road, travelling throughout the southwest to...