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By Natalie Neumann

Some commuters in D.C. are reporting an increase in ticketing of drivers for stopping at slug lines, where commuters wait for rides from strangers. Now D.C.'s chief of police says the city should re-evaluate how its slug-lines work.

Harry Vaughn has been traveling into and out of the District from Woodbridge, Virginia for four years. He says he'd never seen anyone ticketed for stopping to pick up slugs --- until a few days ago -- at 14th and Independence in Southwest.

"The policeman was here when the driver pulled up. It hadn't been there for more than 10 seconds. I got into the car and he looked over to the driver and said why did you pull over here and she said to pick up a slug. He said you can't do that. That's illegal."

Vaughn says the driver recieved a $100 ticket for illegal stopping in traffic.

The ticketing happened the day Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb sent a letter to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the Director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis -- complaining about traffic near the national mall.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the department has not stepped up ticketing in slug lines, but she says they can contribute to traffic congestion in the area and it's worth having the District's Department of Transportation look into alternative locations.

She and Senator Webb's office say they don't intend to discourage carpoolers.


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