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Washington State Patrol cracks down on drivers who come up with creative ways to sneak into high occupancy vehicle lanes.

Troopers bust carpool lane cheaters driving with dummies


LYNNWOOD, Wash. (KOMO) — Sorry folks, that skeleton from your closet does not qualify you to ride in the high occupancy vehicles (HOV) lanes.

In Washington State, highway authorities are cracking down on drivers who try to sneak their way into carpool lanes, some with more creative attempts than others.

So far, three drivers have had to endure the tweets of shame from troopers since Washington State Patrol began enforcing "hot spots"in recent weeks.

The most creative, if lacking in points for not trying to be Captain Obvious, goes to the driver who dressed a skeleton in a coat and hat so they could pass for two people cruising in the Interstate 405 North HOV lane.

Two hours earlier, Trooper Ramos spotted a cheater who brought new meaning to the term "Pillow Talk." A driver stuffed a pillow in a hoodie.

It looks like even pillow people have tablets these days. That person may not be sleeping well tonight after getting a hefty fine.

And finally there was the driver who came close, but no cigar, trying to get into the I-5 carpool lane. The driver had a fairly real-looking mannequin in the passenger seat wearing glasses and a facemask. But the trooper was no dummy!

Troopers are continuing HOV emphasis patrols. Get caught trying to fool a Washington State trooper and it's a $136 fine and perhaps some infamy on the Washington State Patrol's social media channels.

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