Wrongfully Driving In The HOV Lanes
So, you are trying to drive on I-95 by yourself and you look to the left and see that the lane (the HOV lane to be exact) is wide open. You look ahead of you to be reminded that you are stuck in virtual grid-lock traffic. You think to yourself, “why not? I’d risk a ticket
for traveling in the HOV lane to get to my destination sooner.” Well, the thing is, the HOV lane is not always prohibited to single occupied vehicles. So making the move to the HOV lane may be perfectly legal and viable.
The HOV laws prohibit single occupancy vehicles from being in the HOV lanes Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. and between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. In other words, if this situation arose at Noon on Wednesday, your option of entering the HOV lane is viable, and in fact, is legal. If this situation arose on Saturday, this option is viable no matter what time of day it is, as the HOV laws only apply Monday through Friday.
The next time you think you cannot drive in the HOV lane because you are by yourself, think again, recognize the time and day of the week, and know that sometimes this option is acceptable to you as a solo driver.
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