Police patrolling highways for HOV cheaters - wtop.com
State Police Patrolling Highways for HOV Cheaters
May 4, 2010 - 4:22am
WASHINGTON - Wednesday is the not the day to ride solo in local High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.
For the first time ever, police officers from Maryland and Virginia are teaming up for Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day. Officers will be looking for HOV cheaters on Interstates 66, 95, 395 and 270, as well as the Dulles Toll Road and Route 50.
During both morning and evening rush hours, police will use moving and stationary detection methods to catch HOV violations.
"The purpose of HOV lanes is to get people to carpool, so as to reduce the overall volume of traffic and delays on the Capitol Region's interstates," says Virginia State Police Capt. Tracy Russillo.
Those caught cheating run the risk of a heavy punishment. In Maryland, violations earn drivers a $90 fine and one point on their driving records. In Virginia, repeat offenders can face fines as high as $1,000 and three points on their records.
Virginia police will also be enforcing the state's new "Move Over" law, which requires drivers to change lanes or slow down when passing emergency personnel stopped on the road. People caught violating the law can face fines as high as $2,500 and face up to 12 months in jail.
WTOP's Adam Tuss contributed to this report.
Check out VA's outrageous fines and points vs. MD's. God I hate Virginia. It's also surprising that MD is working with VA on HOV Violations, from all the troopers in MD I've heard they don't like working with VSP at all.