Points out that left turn across double yellow lines is legal

To the Editor:

The letter writer who stated in a recent issue [The Argonaut, November 29th] that drivers cannot cross the double [yellow] line into the driveway for the shopping center is incorrect. I have copied the law right out of the California Department of Motor Vehicles below.

It clearly allows crossing a double line “when turning to the left at any intersection or into or out of a driveway or private road.” The shopping center is considered private property.

I would agree with the reader, that one shouldn’t block the intersection while doing so, as would apply to any intersection.

Tom Odom, Marina del Rey

From the Editor:

The following, making the same point, is taken from the California DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles) handbook:

Two solid yellow lines mean “no passing.” Never drive to the left of these lines unless you are:

— 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.

The California Driver Handbook can be reviewed online at www.dmv.ca.gov/.