Question: Is it ever okay to cross a median island created by yellow crosshatch marks between two sets of double solid yellow lines?  My husband thinks the crosshatch marks make a left turn lane, but I thought a set of double solid yellow lines make a “wall” and it’s illegal to cross them.

Answer: You are correct. Traffic is not allowed in the “cross-hatched” area. It is neither a turn lane nor a shared center lane. The double solid yellow lines prohibit driving into the area.

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