Police pulling over indirect left turn violators

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Police pulling over indirect left turn violators

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Oct 22, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Drivers can expect to get pulled over if they turn left onto Oracle from Grant. Tuesday is the first day of the indirect left turn at the intersection, and Tucson Police are stationed on every corner for the next two weeks, ready and waiting. 

The new road rules affect 67,000 drivers who go through the Grant/Oracle intersection every day. 

"Every ten minutes we're pulling someone over for making a left turn," Officer Bill Burnell said. 

Police are on stakeout for the next one to two weeks, handing out warnings to drivers who aren't paying attention to the new road signs, indicating no left turn. 

They say they are handing out the warnings as a courtesy. 

"We're just trying to be fair to the public...this is something brand new to Tucson that we haven't seen before, so we're trying to give them just the warnings for one to two weeks; then enforcement needs to start kicking in," Burnell said. 

After the grace period, those warnings will become traffic citations. 

Though the indirect left turn is new to Tucson, drivers can expect to see it a lot more. Here are the planned intersections receiving indirect left turns in the next several years:

2016: Stone & First
2017: Grant & Swan
2017: Grant & Alvernon
2021: Grant & Campbell
2022: Grant & Country Club