Traffic

Watch out, HOV lane violators: troopers are looking for you

Driver ticketed by Washington State Patrol for speeding in a high occupancy vehicle lane with a doll buckled in the passenger seat.
Driver ticketed by Washington State Patrol for speeding in a high occupancy vehicle lane with a doll buckled in the passenger seat. Courtesy

You might want to think before hopping into an HOV lane without passengers next week.

The Washington State Patrol is conducting an emphasis patrol in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties looking for drivers who illegally use the carpool lanes.

Fourteen motorcycle troopers will participate in the emphasis from Monday to Friday.

In King County last year, troopers pulled over 11,330 drivers for illegally being in the HOV lane. Of those, 428 were repeat offenders.

There have been 9,195 drivers stopped for HOV violation so far this year, 226 of them repeat offenders.

In this edition of Good to Know, Sergeant Julie Judson shows the basics of Washington State Patrol traffic stops, and how drivers can assist with safety for both motorists and the officers.

Stacia Glenn; 253-597-8653
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