I’ve heard of people doing this but never seen it personally.
A commuter who put a homemade dummy in the passenger seat to sneak into the car pool lane was caught Wednesday near Seattle. But it wasn’t because a cop realized the passenger was fake.
Instead, the State Patrol trooper noticed the dangling belt buckle on the passenger side and suspected a seat belt violation.
Patrol spokeswoman Christina Martin told The Herald of Everett that the driver acknowledged trying to beat traffic by using the HOV lane.
He created his passenger by draping a rain jacket over plastic piping, topping it off with a Halloween mask of Gandalf, the “Lord of the Rings” wizard, a beard and a baseball cap.
The lengths people will go to in order to evade traffic laws. My own experiences with the HOV lane are mixed. The few times I’ve driven in them, on the way to North Miami they were useful but in Southern California the lane was rarely better than the non-carpool lanes.
The main reason I’m writing about the story is the following-
The trooper issued a $124 ticket and confiscated the dummy.
Does the policeman honestly have the right to seize the dummy? I’m just wondering if he’s placed the department he works for in a situation where they can be sued.
I guess I want to know who has no brains in this story. Is it everyone?