Making it hard for drivers to find an answer

I took a long drive to Philly on Monday night in order to exhibit at the Manayunk Arts Fest this weekend and on the way there my darling girlfriend and I had a driving question – what’s the difference between a solid white line marking and a double solid line marking? Checking the Virginia driver’s manual confirmed what we thought about the solid single white line: lane changes are discouraged, but not prohibited. No mention of double white lines, but then again we saw them in Maryland – in Fort McHenry Tunnel, to be exact – so perhaps the MD driver’s handbook is the place to check.

Well, I came up with a goose egg on that one too, but not before noticing something annoying. I opened up the PDF and searched for “white line” and got no results. Okay, “white” then. Zip. Hmm. “Yellow” was also zero, as was a word I could see in front of me on the page I was looking at. They’ve published the handbook with no search ability at all. Hope you want to read it front to back, not find something specific.

Anyway – anyone have a definitive answer on the double white line? I assumed it meant lane change prohibited but it would be nice to have a canonical answer…

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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