What does this have to do with the situation I am questioning? In my
case the lane that is marked as Exit Only continues right on past the exit.
There is no need to exit, go through an intersection and get back on the
highway. The 55 MPH speed is maintained just as if it was the right lane
at any other point on the highway.
"<> in all my years of driving I've never seen an Exit
Only sign where an open lane actually continued beyond the Exit <>"
There are few exit only lanes where an open lane does not continue
beyond the exit.
I had to conclude you meant where the exit only lane continues beyond
the exit and thus is not exit only as signed.
There's one place to get fairly straight answers. Call the State
Police/State Trooper barracks that covers that area. They're the ones most
likely to ticket you so I'd say they are more or less the authority having
jurisdiction. (-: Mine's right on the way home so I sometimes drop in to
discuss matters like this. In the DC area on 270 there are feeder lanes
meant for exit/entrance only but it's clear from watching that many people
use them as another set of thru lanes.
There's a similar exit on the Beltway near my house (a long "exit only")
two-lane ramp that feeds back onto the highway. In the mornings, when the
main lanes clog up, those two feeder lanes are quick to follow which tells
me that people use them to bypass the clogged main lanes until they, too,
get clogged. Never seen anyone get written up for that although they are
constantly writing tickets for people who go further and make the breakdown
lane into a traveled lane.
I wouldn't do it because cops generally have a low estimate of people who
"self help" no matter what the provocation. And because I wouldn't want to
get a flat from all the crap that piles up just off the traveled portion of
the roadway. (-:
And that's the basis for the joke: What do you have when you've got
four Minnesota drivers at a four-way stop?
Answer: A picnic.
Drives me nuts, how common it is here for people with the right of way
to stop and gesture to cars waiting to to enter traffic to come on in.
They think they're being nice, but they're backing up traffic behind
them and increasing the risk of an accident.
No, to be enforceable, the lane must be marked as prohibited for use
(the white diagonal lines) on the pavement... The sign alone without
the pavement markings being properly marked and maintained is
meaningless in court...
Same logic applies to the "left/right turn only" lanes... A sign
is not enough to cite a motorist for a marked lanes violation as the
lane is not "marked" without the painted arrow marking in the lane...
For traffic enforcement to be valid and legally upheld upon challenge
in court, the sign must be in good condition and properly displayed
and the pavement markings must agree with and be consistent with
the signage and also be in good condition...
I have seen people get "failure to obey" citations for stop sign
overturned in traffic court because a stop line was not properly
maintained at the intersections they were cited at -- as long as you
where you can still see the sign, you have obeyed it, even if you have
gone beyond where you were supposed to have stopped -- without the
line painted to tell you explicitly where you are supposed to stop you
can't be cited unless you enter the intersection beyond the location
of the sign...
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