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State Police Cite Driver for Having Fake Passenger in HOV Lane


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QUINCY, Mass. (WGGB) — A driver has been cited after it was found that they didn’t have a legitimate passenger needed for them to use the High Occupancy Vehicle lane of a Mass. highway.

Mass. State Police say that around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Trooper John Carnell was working a detail in Quincy when he reportedly saw a vehicle enter the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane of I-93 northbound, also known as the Southeast Expressway, “with what appeared to be a counterfeit passenger.”

The vehicle was then pulled over on I-93 by Carnell, when State Police found that the driver had allegedly “propped up a work jacket with a mannequin head affixed to the top of the jacket in an attempt to create the illusion of a true passenger.”

As a result, the driver was cited for operating on an excluded way.

HOV lanes were created to help alleviate traffic congestion during rush hour periods, and in turn, encourage carpooling.

In order to use the HOV lanes, a vehicle must have at least two people inside.

State Police note that this is not the first time that Carnell has pulled someone over for having a fake passenger. Back in April 2013, he pulled someone over and found that a woman had reportedly placed a full-size doll in a car seat, in an effort to pass the doll off as a real passenger.

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