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Streetcar Rules of the Road: No grace period for parking violators

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Streetcar Rules of the Road: No grace period for parking violators

By Valerie Cavazos. CREATED Jul 27, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) --   For the next two weeks, Tucson Police will be on special assignment downtown.

360 officers are swarming the streets --  to make sure you follow the new road rules.

It seems every corner -- every turn -- Tucson police officers are watching -- to make sure everyone downtown plays by the rules.

What they're seeing -- "Vehicles being impatient and driving around the streetcar and cutting across traffic to make that left hand turn onto the path of the streetcar which can be very dangerous," said Sgt. Rich Anemone of TPD's Downtown Division.

Motorists --  pedestrians -- bicylists -- and skateboarders who try to squeeze through or go around the street cars will receive warnings, but after August 9th, police will slap violators with hefty fines -- about $175 dollars for jaywalkers.

There is no grace period for parking violations -- and here's why. Parking 18 inches from the curb can stop the streetcar in its tracks. "And when that happens we have to cite the vehicle --and then tow the vehicle away -- and that could take up to an hour," said Sgt. Anemone. Backing up traffic -- and the streetcar line.

A parking violation could set motorists back about $180.