An HOV lane is a lane for cars carrying two or more people to encourage more people to ride in the same vehicle, thereby reducing congestion. For this reason, this lane is often wide open, causing many drivers to “crave” to go alone. But instead of finding mates, they find ways to cheat.
Two of these cases occurred in the US this August. Massachusetts State Police say they have arrested a Mercedes-Benz driver carrying a mannequin in the HOV lane.
Writing on Facebook, police said: “We are posting this to remind everyone that HOV lanes are exclusively for vehicles with two or more human passengers (no mannequins, dogs and imaginary friends) Let’s respect the traffic rules and keep our roads safe.”
Photos from Massachusetts police show that Driver is working very hard to be a “good director”. The dummy is also wearing a button-down shirt, glasses, a hat and a mask in one ear. The dummy is also wearing a seat belt.
In another case, the California Highway Patrol pulled over a pickup truck driver for similar behavior. Accordingly, upon realizing that something was amiss, the police stopped the car.
At that point, he noticed that the “person” in the car besides the driver was a well-dressed dummy, wearing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and a painted-on beard.
It’s funny enough to look at the dummies, the messengers may not even be serious, but not a violation.
Drivers in California were fined up to $490. Massachusetts police did not disclose the amount of the fine, but by law, the lightest fine for first-time offenders is $50.