Crackdown on Maryland HOV Lane Cheats

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011  |  Updated 7:23 AM EDT
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Crackdown on Maryland HOV Lane Cheats

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Drivers on Route 50 might notice an increased police presence Wednesday morning.

Maryland State Police have announced a crackdown along Route 50 for HOV lane violators.  Traffic cams have already shown a number of cars pulled over before 7 a.m.

Police said the stepped-up enforcement is in response to a number of citizen complaints.  They said they will be "saturating" Route 50 from Route 301 to I-495 with additional troopers.

The HOV restrictions along the 7.5 mile stretch of HOV lanes on Rt. 50 are in operation 24-hours-a-day.  Motorists who violate the HOV laws will be charged with failing to obey a traffic control device and/or changing lanes where prohibited by a traffic control device.  Both charges carry a penalty of a $90 fine and one point each.

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