PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Painted medians, also known as a divided highway, are supposed to limit vehicles. In fact, they should be treated as an invisible wall.

Some unlucky drivers learned the hard way after receiving tickets for driving in the painted median at 16th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix.

[WATCH: Caught misbehaving in the painted median (aka the invisible wall)]

Stanley Roberts rode with Phoenix Police Det. Bob Corueil of the Traffic Bureau as they targeted drivers who ignored the painted median and drove across it. Many of the drivers thought it was a lane of traffic. 

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Arizona law clearly outlines the law: ARS 28-731. Driving on divided highways

If a highway is divided into two roadways by leaving an intervening space or by a physical barrier or clearly indicated dividing section constructed to impede vehicular traffic, a person shall drive a vehicle only on the right-hand roadway and shall not drive a vehicle over, across or within the dividing space, barrier or section, except through an opening in the physical barrier or dividing section or space or at a crossover or intersection established by public authority.

Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.

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Stanley exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences.

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Curious George

The statue referenced is not correct... ARS 28-751 designates use of the center lane as a two-way turn lane, as follows:
28-751. Required position and method of turning
4. Two-way left turn lanes. If a special lane for making left turns by drivers proceeding in opposite directions has been indicated by official traffic control devices:

(a) A driver shall not make a left turn from any other lane.
(b) A driver shall not drive a vehicle in the lane except if preparing for or making a left turn from or into the roadway or if preparing for or making a u-turn if otherwise permitted by law.
The last I knew, many of the major streets in town with a two-way turn lane have signs designating them as such.


I think it's both. You are referring to a dashed yellow next to a solid yellow with a width for a car then a solid yellow and dashed yellow. Those are marked for left turns. They are referring to a double solid yellow marking.

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