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Drivers ignoring indirect left turn could get pulled over

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Drivers ignoring indirect left turn could get pulled over

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Sep 10, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The 'indirect left turn' has been active at Ina and Oracle roads for nearly a week, but countless drivers still haven't gotten the hang of it. 

Some drivers just aren't seeing the signs, and left-turn offenders are adding up. Pima County Sheriff's deputies are on the case, but they're giving drivers a break -- for now.

"Right now they're just giving warnings until the construction is complete," Deputy Jesus Banuelos said. "It gives people time to really pay attention to the signs and get accustomed to the new turn."

But if drivers continue to cheat the indirect left, those warnings could become tickets. 

Tucson drivers will have to get used to it: The indirect left turn is popping up all over town in the next 10 years. Here is where they will be:

2013: Ina/Oracle & Grant/Oracle
2016: Stone/1st
2017: Swan/Grant & Alvernon/Grant
2021: Grant/Campbell
2022: Grant/Country Club

"It's going to take some time and we understand that people are so used to making that left turn here," Banuelos said. "But if you just pay attention to the sign and actually go with the flow of traffic..."

Deputies and the transportation authority expect congestion and accidents will go down.

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.