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Question: In my city, there is a double yellow line on the main roadway and yet some motorists cross both lines to park against oncoming traffic, many at dark with headlights on. Why is this allowed without warning or a ticket?

Answer: A crash can occur anytime a driver chooses to cross over a solid or double solid yellow/white line. Engineers and safety personnel place these lane markers in areas where it’s unsafe to pass.

Law enforcement take this type of violation very seriously, and we will educate the driver with enforcement action. If you are cited for this violation, it will go on your driving record and cost you out of pocket expenses for the fine and the possibility of increased insurance costs. 

When a driver crosses into the other lane of traffic, against a double yellow/white line a head-on type of crash could result in injury or death. 

Sergeant Neil DICKENSON is Minnesota State Patrol public information officer for the state’s northeast region. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws in Minnesota, please send your questions to:  Sgt. Neil Dickenson – Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave, Duluth, MN 55811.  Or reach me at


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