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Highway alert: Va. State Police to be looking for HOV lane violators on I-66 on Thursday, Dec. 13

Virginia State Police (VSP) will conduct a focused High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) enforcement on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway Thursday, December 13th, during morning and afternoon rush hour periods, according to a news release from the office of Del. Tim Hugo.

This effort is intended to bring HOV violators into compliance. HOV hours are Monday through Friday, from 5:30 am to 9:30 a.m. eastbound and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. westbound. All drivers must have E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex (for HOV-2+) to travel during rush hours

Any person in violation of the HOV rules is guilty of a traffic infraction. Violations committed within this area on I-66 are punishable by fines including $125 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense within a period of five years from a first offense, $500 for a third offense within a period of five years from a first offense, and $1,000 for a fourth or subsequent offense within a period of five years from a first offense.

All vehicles with two or more people (HOV-2+) can continue to use the road during rush hours for free, but need an E-ZPass Flex switched to HOV-mode. Drivers choosing to pay a toll and drive by themselves in the express lanes need an E-ZPass.

Visit 66ExpressLanes.org for more information. Del Hugo said, “As always, if I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at (703) 815-1201.”

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