Sec. 25-119. Driving on streets laned for traffic.
Whenever any street or highway has been divided into clearly marked lanes for traffic, drivers of vehicles shall obey the following regulations:
(a) Any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions existing shall be driven in the lane nearest the right-hand edge or curb of the highway when such lane is available for travel, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn or as permitted in paragraph (d) of this section;
(b) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has ascertained that such movement can be made with safety;
(c) Upon a highway which is divided into three (3) lanes a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn or unless such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction in which the vehicle is proceeding and is signposted or marked to give notice of such allocation; provided, that official traffic-control device s may be erected directing specific traffic to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction regardless of the center of the roadway and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such device;
(d) Whenever the city traffic engineer has designated right-hand lanes for slow-moving traffic and when such lanes are signposted or marked to give notice of such designation, a vehicle may be driven in any lane allocated to traffic moving in the direction in which such vehicle is proceeding, but when traveling within such inside lanes vehicles shall be driven at approximately the speed authorized in such lanes and speed shall not unnecessarily be decreased so as to block, hinder or retard traffic;
(e) Whenever a highway is marked with double traffic lanes consisting of a solid line immediately adjacent to a broken line, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of such line if the solid line is on the right of the broken line, except that it shall be lawful to make a left turn for the purpose of entering or leaving a public, private or commercial road or entrance;
(f) Wherever a highway is marked with double traffic lines consisting of two (2) immediately adjacent solid lines, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of such lines, except that it shall be lawful to make a left turn for the purpose of entering or leaving a public, private or commercial road or entrance. (Code 1959, § 20-100)
State law reference—Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 46.2-804.
Last updated date: 10/23/2006 4:15:21 PM