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when there's a median lane that cars going in both directions can turn left in.
we almost went head on with another car in the suicide lane
by chillcat May 30, 2003

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A lane on a roadway that, depending upon the time of day, changes direction of travel. Sometimes, as in Snellville, Georgia, the direction of travel is noted by an electric sign every 200 feet hanging across the highway. Other times, as in parts of Maryland, there is nothing but a sign.

Example:

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

From 5am to noon, lanes 1, 2, 3, and 4 are Southbound, lane 5 is a turn lane, and lanes 6 and 7 are Northbound. From noon to 8pm, lanes 1 and 2 are Southbound, lane 3 is a turn lane, and lanes 4 through 7 are Northbound.
The suicide lanes on 78 always creep me out just a bit.
by Yet Another Josh Cohen October 31, 2005

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the definition above is what i have always known as the pussy lane.
the suicide lane is the opposing traffic lane on the Golden Gate Bridge, where nothing but little plastic cones and two or three feet of air separates cars going way too fast
he died in a head on on the bridge, i always told him not to use the suicide lane
by sayonaura April 20, 2004

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A suicide lane is a center lane on a roadway seperating opposing directional movements that is used as a passing lane for both directions simultaneously. If one was not careful when pulling into the suicide lane to pass a slow moving vehicle, they might collide head on with another vehicle doing the same thing, but in the opposing direction. Hence, the term suicide lane. The term has been misapplied in recent years to a center lane where vehicles in either direction can make left turns. This is not historically accurate and true suicide lanes are very rare today.
The two drivers died from a head on collision in the suicide lane when each driver tried to pass slow moving vehicles.
by The Traffic Man February 04, 2017

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