Va. police crack down on HOV violators

By Ashley Halsey III
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 10, 2009; 3:10 PM

Drivers who waltzed into the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-66 in Fairfax and Arlington counties Thursday confident they could speed along with impunity even though they didn't have the required number of passengers got a surprise and a ticket as Virginia State Police staged a crackdown during the morning rush hour.

They issued 44 tickets to first-time offenders, three to second-time offenders and one to a driver who was caught for the fourth time. In addition, the troopers handed out tickets for one seat belt violation, five for driving without a license, eight for equipment violations and nine for other violations.

The HOV violation fines are $125 for the first offense, $250 for the second, $500 for the third and $1,000 for the fourth.

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