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Image: The famous keep turning left sign. Credit: masngadimin

Local residents often see and appreciate the “Belok Kiri Jalan Terus” (Turn Left Go Ahead) signs at the traffic light intersections around town. From yesterday, that rule is no longer applicable on all Denpasar streets. Vehicles must follow the traffic light signals, and not automatically continue turning left as usual.

The Head of Denpasar City Police, Commissioner Rahmawaty Ismail said that the police hope residents will obey the new rule.

“Starting from today, if a vehicle comes to a traffic light, the driver must check first if they can keep turning left or must follow the traffic light signal,” said Commissioner Rahmaty Ismail to tribunnews.com on Sunday.

The new rule is listed in the Indonesian Republic Laws No. 22 of 2009 about traffic and transportation. According to Article 112 paragraph 3, the driver of a vehicle is forbidden to keep turning left when they come to a traffic light intersection, except if there is a road sign or a traffic light signal that permits it – i.e. a green arrow.

Before, the rule was Government Regulation No. 43 of 1993, Article 59 paragraph 3 that said the driver can keep turning left at every intersection, except if there is a road sign or a traffic light signal that said otherwise.

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