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VA And MD Police Focus On HOV Rule Breakers

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By Jonathan Wilson

Police in both Maryland and Virginia are focusing extra attention on drivers breaking the region's HOV rules today.

During the morning rush hour Virginia State Police assigned 22 state troopers to focus solely on HOV enforcement on I-395, I-95, I-66 and the Dulles Toll Road. Maryland had extra troopers on I-270 and Route 50.

Virginia State Trooper Jason Johannes says catching HOV rule-breakers can be tricky, especially if they're driving cars with tinted backseat windows that can make it hard to see passengers in the back seat.

"Sometimes if you're driving and trying to peek, they'll roll down the window and get their child to wave at you or stick their hand out," says Johannes. "Then you just look for someone else."

Despite the challenges of enforcing the rules, Virginia state police have little trouble finding violators. They write around 25,000 tickets for HOV violations a year.

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