Who’s An Expert On Highway Lines?


Helaine and I were driving north of the 405. Two occupants. HOV lane.

As we approached our exit I realized I might not make it over in time. I didn’t want to cross the double yellow line.

But, wait. There’s another line, a white line, adjacent to my lane. Not every section of the HOV has this distinction.

Here’s my question. Can I exit the HOV lane through the double yellow if the solid white line is on my side?


6 thoughts on “Who’s An Expert On Highway Lines?”

  1. Single white line means stay inline. We have these just before the Wilbur Cross Tunnel. Everyone stays in line and no passing

  2. Reminds me of when I moved from CT to Massachusetts. One day I was at a red light when it became a “red and yellow” light. What was THAT?! I didn’t know what to; I was the first car in line! I didn’t do anything except wait for the light to turn green. After asking around, I learned the red and yellow combination signals to pedestrians that they can safely cross the street.
    Good luck as you learn your new rules of the road, Geoff!

  3. Here you are speeding down a highway lane and you have time to take a picture? I am glad I am not riding in your car!

  4. California HOV lanes often do not have separate exits.

    As I understand it, your white line means you can exit the HOV lane but the yellow means the other folks can’t enter it.

    Here is what I found by googling HOV lanes California 405; it’s really not clear so far as I’m concerned:

    “To avoid a $341 fine, be familiar with Southern California’s carpool lane laws:

    Carpool lanes in Southern California require two or more people per vehicle, except the El Monte Busway, which requires three during peak hours (6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm).”

    Only enter and exit a carpool lane at areas designated with signs and a broken double yellow or white line. It’s against the law to cross the double yellow lines of a carpool lane.
    Children count as carpool partners.
    Motorcyclists can ride alone in carpool lanes.
    Zero-emission vehicles don’t need to meet minimum passenger requirements; however, proper identification in the form of a sticker from the Department of Motor Vehicles is required.
    Passenger requirements are in effect for Southern California’s carpool lanes 24 hours a day except on SR-14, which is open to solo drivers in off-peak hours.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *