Driver caught using dummy as fake passenger to drive in carpool lane
PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation cited a man driving with a mannequin in the HOV lane on Loop 202 Tuesday.
ADOT tweeted two photos showing the driver and the dummy after he was pulled over by a trooper on State Route 202 at Alma School Road.
Trooper Doug Keenan said he noticed something wasn't right when the person in the passenger seat would not move.
“When I contacted the driver, he almost acted as if I wouldn’t notice it,” Keenan said.
What the trooper discovered was a mannequin dressed in a red cap, sunglasses and a blue hoodie sweatshirt.
Under Arizona law, there must be at least two (real live) people in a vehicle to use the HOV lanes Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers caught violating HOV rules are subject to a $400 fine.
Vehicles with Blue Sky Arizona license plates, motorcycles and buses are allowed in the HOV lanes during the restricted times.
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