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Disobeying any permanent or temporary pavement marking can get you stopped and ticketed. Possible violations include crossing a double yellow line in a no-passing zone, straddling a single white line that divides traffic traveling in the same direction, and continuing to drive straight ahead when lane markers curve or slant.
As already noted, double yellow lines mean you cannot pass or cross over into an adjoining lane. Here are explanations of five of the other common lane markers:
Drivers also need to make sure to use designated turn lanes correctly and to not go outside the leftmost lane marker onto the shoulder or onto the median.
No. A police officer can stop you for drifting from side to side within a lane and for cutting off another driver when making a lane change. Failing to use your turn single to indicate a lane change can also lead to a traffic stop and a ticket.
Yes. Ohio law requires drivers to keep as far right as they safely can and to drive “as nearly as is practicable, entirely within a single lane or line of traffic.” In other words, going down the middle of a country lane can earn you a ticket.
No. Drivers must obey all arrows, crosswalks, stop bars, and traffic signs regarding lane closures and traffic flows. Ignoring any of these instructions for how to use the road may cost you even if it is not ticketed as a marked lane violation.
A first-time conviction or guilty plea carries a small fine that generally amounts to less than $200 with court and administrative fees. A two-point penalty is also assessed against your driver’s license.
Multiple lane violation charges within the same year get prosecuted as misdemeanors that carry higher fines and the risk of jail time.
Primarily, they are watching for signs that people are driving drunk or stoned. Weaving, drifting, and driving off the side of the road are three of the main indicators police use to make stops for suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI).
A traffic stop prompted by a perceived failure to stay in your lane can also end with a charge of reckless operation or driving while distracted by texting, using a cell phone, or looking at an electronic device.
These tickets can be highly contestable. You should, at a minimum, determine whether video evidence of the purported weaving or unsafe lane change exists before agreeing to pay a fine. Dashboard cameras in police cruisers and traffic monitoring devices along the road are not always switched on, and the video they do capture can often be of questionable quality. Without solid evidence, a court will have to decide whether a lane violation occurred based only on descriptions of what happened.
Contact Campbell Law if you believe you have been ticketed unfairly or in error. April Campbell, our lead attorney, has many years of experience handling traffic cases. She will not let weak or nonexistent evidence support a conviction.