Letter: Passing is legal on broken and solid single yellow lines

Single yellow line—vehicles traveling in either direction may pass when it is safe. Double solid yellow lines are another matter.

To the editor:

In your Friday Sept. 4 issue you printed a bit of a rant about people passing where there are double or single yellow lines, a quote being: “…Could be your family or friend who would be killed by these ignorant… people.” (Traffic Violations Threaten Your Life)

Mr. Desmet, if you will go to DrivesmartBC, at this page http://drivesmartbc.ca/rules-road/drivers/solid-yellow-vs-broken-yellow you will find that it is you who are wrong. A single solid yellow line is identical to a broken yellow line, both allowing you to pass.

The RoadSense handbook, in the Yellow Lines section,  cites:

“Broken line—passing is allowed when safe

Single yellow line—vehicles traveling in either direction may pass when it is safe…”

Double solid yellow lines are another matter.

Ed Copeman, Kelowna