Chicago, IL asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio

Q: Is it illegal to make a left turn over solid double yellow lines in Ohio? Additionally, are U-turns always illegal here?

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: I know of no ordinance that prohibits turning left over double yellows to enter a driveway. Crossing them for any other purpose is generally unlawful and it is possible that a municipality has outlawed crossing them even to get to a driveway.

In Ohio generally, you can make a U-turn provided you are visible in both directions for 500 feet and will not impede any oncoming traffic in doing so. Some cities, like Columbus, have complete prohibitions on U-turns. So it is important to know the rules where you are.

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