Driver cited for using dummy in carpool lane

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QUINCY, Mass. (WWLP) – While state police quite frequently issue tickets for speeding and lane violations, a state trooper outside Boston issued one for a rather unusual reason Thursday morning.

According to a news release sent to 22News by state police, around 6:30 A.M., a motorcycle trooper pulled over a driver who was using the HOV (carpool) lane on Interstate 93 northbound in Quincy. The lane, which is similar to ones on Interstate 91 near Hartford, is available only for the use of drivers who have one or more passengers riding along with them. The trooper had suspected that the driver had a “counterfeit passenger”

Police say that it turned out the driver had propped up a work jacket and attached a mannequin’s head to the top, in order to make it appear that there was a live passenger in the car.

The driver was cited for “operating on an excluded way.”

This isn’t the first time state police have seen something like this happen. Last year, the same trooper pulled over a woman who had a full-sized doll in the car, which she was trying to pass off as a living passenger.

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