Driving Question About White – Stopping? – Line at Willingdon & Beresford Intersection, Burnaby


Is a White Line Always a Stopping Line?


Q: Tell me please, should a driver stop before stop line if there is no traffic light or a stop sign? For example, on an intersection. When you are heading to the north on Willingdon on the intersection with Beresford – As I understand if you want to turn left (to Beresford) you have to stop on the stop line, check hazards on the left and right, check oncoming traffic and then turn left, if there is no hazards. But if you can see that there is no hazards for sure, is it possible just slow down and turn left?


Yes, I think so.


On both sides of Beresford there stop signs. So if there is no oncoming traffic what you can interfere, you can just slow down and turn left, can’t you? 🙂


Yes I think so. 





It’s difficult to say that  a white line always means you have to stop.


Certainly there are white lines – intended for stoppage -without stop signs or stop lights, within parking lots, for example.


There are also other places where you are legally required to stop, that have no white line or stop sign whatsoever (Emerging from a lane, driveway, or parking lot.)


In this particular case, it looks like that white line is part of the crosshatch thing which is to prevent vehicles from blocking the intersection; in the case of heavy traffic. These are often used around emergency entrances.


You are right, you can generally treat this pretty much like any other left turn. If there are no pedestrians, cyclists, oncoming traffic or emergency vehicles of course, and you’ve checked to make sure it is safe to proceed, then by all means slow down and do your freakin left turn.


Nothing is telling you to stop necessarily. It is smart you’ve identified the big picture and the stop signs on the other side of the intersection. Keep doing this.


It does have this little diagram in the learn to drive smart manual from ICBC:



However, we don’t stop for imaginary stop signs or red lights every time there’s a white line near an emergency entrance – unless it’s for a good reason – do we? I would reckon that would be a good way to get rear ended.


In my understanding, this line does not mean that you necessarily have to stop. It is just saying, If you are going to stop anywhere around this intersection, this is where you should be doing it.