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Number of HOV violators staggering - November 5, 2009, 02:54 PM

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- How many drivers are breaking the rules and riding solo in the HOV lanes in the area? A recent high-visibility enforcement effort from the Virginia State Police is providing a snapshot.
On Oct. 21, police set up a large scale enforcement effort along I-95/395. Between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., 89 tickets were issued to drivers, including two summonses for drivers caught ignoring the HOV rules for the second time.
In one instance, a driver was arrested for drunken driving.
"One of the troopers arrested a DUI at 7 a.m. that morning, driving alone in the HOV lanes. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit," Capt. Tracy Russillo, division commander in Northern Virginia for the Virginia State Police, tells WTOP.
State Police say they are stepping up patrols against HOV cheaters. It has become such a focus in Northern Virginia that some officers are getting overtime to solely focus on enforcing HOV lanes.
Between July 26 and Sept. 12, officers in Northern Virginia, who were strictly focused on HOV enforcement, issued 2,200 summonses. That is not counting officers who simply encountered a violator and issued a ticket while riding in the HOV lanes.
Last year, the Virginia State Police issued 18,269 summonses for violations of the HOV law in Northern Virginia.
Police say large-scale enforcement efforts, like the one last month in Arlington, will continue.
"We will be conducting more of these projects in the near future," says Russillo.
Here's a breakdown of various infractions during last month's special initiative:
  • 69 HOV violations (first offense)
  • Two HOV violations (second offense)
  • One DUI
  • Two "Move Over" violations (driving past a stopped officer without changing lanes or slowing down)
  • 15 other traffic violations
Motorists who violate HOV laws face the following fines:
  • First offense is a $125 fine
  • Second offense is a $250 fine
  • Third offense is a $500 fine
  • Fourth offense is a $1,000 fine
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November 5, 2009, 03:01 PM

yea it's retarded. when I used to ride 66E in the AM on my bike and see cagers solo in the HOV, I would get infront of them and slow down A LOT and then point at the HOV sign so they would have enough time to read it.

if they sped up and tried to pass, I would let them back in the lane then point them out to the popo
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November 5, 2009, 03:03 PM

2.3 milli last year (using the 125 fine) Wow.


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I'm indifferent about enforcement of HOV violators. It drives me nuts to see 6 cops sitting on the ramp from the HOV lanes to the regular lanes just before the mixing bowl in the mornings. What if something happened down in Dale City and we have what must be all or close to the allotted State Police for that I-95 stretch sitting on one exit ramp writing HOV violation tickets.

And i remember when they did the crack down. they caused an 8 mile backup and delayed and infuriated thousands of drivers... all for 71 HOV tickets? Ridiculous.

Oh and I'm also mad that when they slow everyone down they check to see if i have an Inspection Sticker on my bike... fuckers. Thank you for the ticket ossifer.

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What if something happened down in Dale City and we have what must be all or close to the allotted State Police for that I-95 stretch sitting on one exit ramp writing HOV violation tickets.
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I believe you would call PR William County Police.


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I believe you would call PR William County Police.
not if it's on the highway dingleberry
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This is just a symptom of a broken transportation system.
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I dont agree with HOV..I think they should get rid of it alltogether. Its already proven to be a failed concept because people dont like carpooling...


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I dont agree with HOV..I think they should get rid of it alltogether. Its already proven to be a failed concept because people dont like carpooling...
That's kind of the idea though, if everyone car-pooled then the HOV wouldn't get you there any faster.

I think they should remove the right for single occupant Hybrids to use the HOV.


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I think they should remove the right for single occupant Hybrids to use the HOV.
I agree. they are slow, mindless drivers off in their own little green world.
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i always thought the idea of hov was less pollution, which explains why they let hybrids with single drivers onto it.


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i always thought the idea of hov was less pollution, which explains why they let hybrids with single drivers onto it.
that is the idea but then it came out that the EPA grossly overestimated the MPG they get so their HOV rights were revoked. Congressman Connelly is trying to get them reinstated. Last i heard they cut off hybrids and only the ones that were already purchased could use HOV but no newly purchased Hybrids could use HOV and they would phase all of them out as the hybrids broke or their owners bought new cars. Not sure if that is the case still. I know 95s HOV is packed with them.
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That's kind of the idea though, if everyone car-pooled then the HOV wouldn't get you there any faster.

I think they should remove the right for single occupant Hybrids to use the HOV.
But thats the thing. Everyone is not going to carpool and its borderline ignorant to think that most people will. People have different things to do right after work such as babysitters, sports, happy hours. I

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i always thought the idea of hov was less pollution, which explains why they let hybrids with single drivers onto it.
Less polution..So take away a lane and make all the rest of the vehicles sit in traffic for a lot more time and cause more pollution so ONE car can save gas and help the enviorment.

Bottom line - My tax money put those lanes there. I want them back. Get rid of them.


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November 5, 2009, 05:53 PM

The only reason they are enforcing HOV is VA needs tax dollars for the state budget. Same thing w/ speed cameras in MD.
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