Don’t get caught in the wrong lane next week.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State patrol, there will be a five-day HOV emphasis on highways, starting Sept. 10-14.
This emphasis will involve 14 WSP motorcycle troopers and will include north Pierce County, all of King County and south Snohomish County.
HOV violations are one of the most frequent complaints the WSP receives and troopers are looking for these violators on a daily basis. The historical data below is from King County alone:
• Total contacts for HOV violations in 2016: 11,121. Repeat offenders: 403
• Total contacts for HOV violations in 2017: 11,330. Repeat offenders: 428
• Total contacts for HOV violations in 2018, to date: 9,195. Repeat offenders: 226
“WSDOT’s central Puget Sound high occupancy vehicle lanes are designed to provide faster and more reliable options for travelers who rideshare through carpool, vanpool or public transit,” the department stated in a press release. “Travelers that HOV violators disrupt the overall function of the HOV system on roadways, thereby increasing the cost of transit that operate within HOV lanes.”
WSDOT will also display messages about the emphasis patrol on highway signs.