Virginia State Police issued citations to 32 drivers during a High Occupancy Vehicle enforcement initiative Nov. 30 on Interstate 66.
The HOV enforcement initiative was conducted during morning and evening rush hours in the I-66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway.
The first concentrated operation during the morning rush hour caught 13 HOT lane violators in the eastbound I-66 Express Lanes. In addition, troopers cited four drivers for speeding and one for reckless driving between the 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. special enforcement period. Four citations for expired inspection stickers were also issued.
The evening rush hour HOV enforcement effort focused on the westbound I-66 Express Lanes between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Troopers cited 19 drivers for HOT lane violations. The troopers also issued five citations for expired inspection stickers and four drivers were cited for driver’s license violations.
“This enforcement initiative was conducted in response to the numerous complaints received from Northern Virginians frustrated with seeing so many HOV violators abusing the I-66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway, ” VSP 1st Sgt. S. Mittendorff said. “Even with the advance publicity, 32 drivers still chose to violate HOV rules. This effort was not about writing tickets or revenue. This is about drivers complying with the rules and keeping traffic moving safely and efficiently throughout Northern Virginia.”
Drivers who violate HOV rules are given citations for traffic infractions. Violations committed within this area on I-66 are punishable by fines, including $125 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense within a period of five years, $500 for a third offense within a period of five years from a first offense, and $1,000 for a fourth or subsequent offense within a period of five years from a first offense.
All vehicles with two or more people (HOV-2+) can continue to use the road during rush hours for free, but need an E-ZPass Flex switched to HOV-mode. Drivers choosing to pay a toll and drive by themselves in the express lanes need an E-ZPass.1 comment