Mind Ps and Qs In The H-O-V or Get a T-I-C-K-E-T

Police on patrol Wednesday morning

By Scott Eisenhuth
|  Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009  |  Updated 9:16 AM EDT
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Mind Ps and Qs In The H-O-V or Get a T-I-C-K-E-T

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The Cops. Smokey The Bear. The Boys In Blue. The Heat. The Man. The Fuzz. 

Some of Virginia’s Finest will be on the lookout for HOV violators Wednesday morning.

Here's a friendly reminder to check the local signs to see if you need two or three people in your car to be street legal (and no, your pet dog doesn’t count as a passenger).

Watch out on Interstates 66, 95 and 395 and the Dulles Toll Road. They will have a large police presence for the Wednesday morning rush-hour traffic jam.

Get caught and The Five-O will give you a ticket for $125 for the first offense. The second time you’re pinched, whip out $250 to pay the man and you get three points on your driving record. And a third strike and you’re not out, but you’ll pay out $500 and three points.

 Here’s the knock-out punch: a $1,000 fine and three points for the fourth time you "accidently forget" and drive in the HOV lanes by yourself.

Remember to stay out of the HOV lanes unless you’ve got the correct number of people in your car or The Fuzz will be all over you.

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