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Police say Tulsa already has 'left lane' ordinance, but application is 'limited'

The Tulsa Police Department says they have received numerous calls about the application of the state legislature's new "Left Lane Law." The new rules were primarily intended to apply to highways with four or more lanes, but there has still been a lot of confusion after the law went into effect Nov. 1. (KTUL)

If you've been wondering whether you could get pulled over for driving in the left lane in Tulsa, the answer is: Maybe. Kind of.

The Tulsa Police Department says they have received numerous calls about the application of the state legislature's new "Left Lane Law." The new rules were primarily intended to apply to highways with four or more lanes, but there has still been a lot of confusion after the law went into effect Nov. 1.

To put it not so simply: Tulsa police officers can't write you a ticket for driving in the left lane under the new law. But the City of Tulsa already has an ordinance that is similar to the state's new left lane law. That ordinance, Title 37 Section 640 A, says "Whenever any two-lane street has been divided into marked lanes for traffic, the driver of a vehicle shall drive in the lane nearest the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway when such lane is available for travel, except when overtaking another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn."

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In other words: Even before the new law went into effect, Tulsa police officers could -- and still can -- write you a ticket for driving in the left lane. But police say that's not likely to happen. Since 2015, 89 citations have been written for violations of the city's left lane ordinance. Police say 26 citations have been written this year.

"Due to the natural flow of traffic on city streets, the application of this ordinance is limited," police wrote in a statement.

If you're in doubt, just avoid driving in the left lane unless it's necessary.

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