Photo: Washington State Patrol
Motorists have used all kinds to tricks to skirt the rules that require those using HOV lanes to have two or more passengers in the vehicle, mannequins, blow up dolls and the like.
But what one driver in Washington state did takes the cake. The driver affixed a "yuge" cardboard cutout of Republican presidential nominee to the passenger seat headrest in hopes of qualifying as a high occupancy vehicle.
A Washington State Trooper Greg Ulrichon a motorcycle wasn't fooled. He stopped the driver on Hwy. 167 in Auburn, Wash. and issued a $136 ticket.
"He was a very nice driver and they were laughing about it," said Rick Johnson, a public information officer for the Washington State Patrol in King County.
Johnson says every now and then they get somebody trying to be funny and says they've seen everything from teddy bears to mannequins all sitting beside drivers trying to cheat and use the carpool lane.