Driver on I-405 caught using fake skeleton as passenger in HOV lane

Feb 15, 2022, 7:07 AM | Updated: 8:58 am


An HOV violator and his "passenger" along I-405 near Coal Creek. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol/Twitter)

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol/Twitter)

Drivers attempting to cheat in the HOV lanes in Washington over the years have tried a variety of tactics to fool state troopers. Once such driver was caught in the act Monday, after dressing a fake skeleton in a hoodie and buckling it into the front seat.

The fake passenger was highlighted by Washington State Trooper Rick Johnson on Twitter, who caught the offending driver on southbound I-405 near Coal Creek.

In the past, drivers have attempted to pull similar HOV lane ploys with dolls, mannequins, dirty laundry, and, in one case, an inflatable Ruth Bader Ginsburg donning a North Seattle Community College sweatshirt. It became enough of an issue on the state’s roadways that, in 2019, lawmakers passed a bill tacking on an additional $200 fine to HOV violators who use dummies, dolls, or any other form of fake people. That’s on top of the $186 fine for first-time HOV offenders, and $336 for multiple offenders.

As Trooper Johnson aptly pointed out, any HOV passenger has “#gottabealive.”

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Driver on I-405 caught using fake skeleton as passenger in HOV lane