I have heard some good excuses before but this takes the cake.

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Washington State Patrol Shares HOV Lane Infraction Dumbest Excuse

On March 28, 2024, the Washington State Patrol held an HOV emphasis patrol on I-90 near East Mercer to Rainier Avenue. They sent six Washington State Patrol Motorcycle Troopers to patrol that area for around 2 1/2 hours. They were trying to fix a rampant HOV lane violation problem that is well known, judging by the response from the social media post announcing the patrol on X (formally Twitter). "This is amazing", and "Finally" were some of the positive comments, with another mentioning another location to focus on "Please do 405 south from i90 to 167."

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130 HOV Violations in 2.5 Hours

During the only 2.5-hour patrol, they wrote 130 HOV citations. One driver was even ticketed twice only 2 miles apart. The best excuse the Washington State Patrol Troopers received for an HOV violation was "It's 2024, my dog identifies as human." Nice try and I give them credit for attempting, but they get the same fine as the others! It was perfect for bringing a smile to my face, however.

WSP Commercial Vehicle Emphasis Results: March 7, 2024