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Northbound Highway 101 as seen at 4 p.m. Wednesday from the pedestrian bridge just
south of Highway 12. Road Warrior photo.

How many people are driving illegally in the car pool lanes on Highway 101?

Way too many. In 2009, the CHP gave out 1,667 tickets to suspected car-pool violators, up from 2008′s count of 1,458. And that’s just the ones who got caught. And it was before the car-pool lanes were between Santa Rosa and Windsor.

An unofficial check this week by the Road Warrior indicates the number of violators isn’t going down.

From 3:40 to 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, 83 cars/pickups/buses used the northbound car-pool lane as they passed under the pedestrian bridge just south of Highway 12 and 16 were violators. In the next 10 minutes, from 3:50 to 4 p.m., 103 cars/pickups/buses used the southbound car-pool lane and six were violators.

If that rate held consistent throughout the afternoon car-pool hours of 3 to 6:30 p.m., there would have been more than 460 violators at that spot — more than one-fourth of the violators ticketed in all of 2009 by the CHP.

Our tally erred on the side of giving drivers the benefit of the doubt. We only counted someone as a violator if it was clear the car had just the driver. Minivans, for example, were considered legal because we couldn’t see all the backseats. And hybrids were counted as legal even if we weren’t sure they had the DMV sticker allowing car-pool use, although three northbound hybrids were driver only and two southbound.

CHP Officer Jon Sloat said enforcement of the car-pool lanes is not one of the CHP’s top priorities. He said that in previous years when federal grant money was available, the CHP used it to put extra officers on the highway to enforce the law, but that hasn’t happened in the past year.

He said most violators who get tickets are those who took a chance and jumped into the car-pool lane with the hope of passing slow traffic but got caught by an officer they hadn’t notice.

Sometimes it can be hard for officers to be sure there’s just the driver in the car. Sloat said he’s pulled drivers over with the intention of giving them a car-pool ticket only to discover a small child in the backseat that he didn’t see.

If you get a ticket, the base fine is $100. But with all of the fees piled on by the state and county, the actual cost is $480.

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65 Comments

  1. Joe

    HOw many of these car pool lane violators didn’t even have a drivers license? If you can’t read english, the signs make no sense. we need to post more signs in multi languages.

    January 27th, 2011 7:15 am

  2. Michelle Wright

    I see violators all the time. Like you said, using the lane to jump traffic. If the city makes that much from a ticket it would seem that officers would pay for themselves.

    January 27th, 2011 7:29 am

  3. ken ross

    The car pool lane concept is an abject failure.
    The lanes go unused and the high rate of speed
    of these lanes in contrast to the congested ones
    next to it is a serious safety hazard.
    Individual drivers still pay highway tax via
    gasoline sales and dmv fees and have every
    right to use all lanes on the highway.
    CalTrans can barely administrate its actual
    task in an effective manner, let alone be a
    political component in society.
    End the car pool lanes.

    January 27th, 2011 7:35 am

  4. Craig Wiper

    I believe we should just abolish the ‘carpool’ lanes as such. Isn’t the reason to upgrade freeways by adding more lanes to alleviate traffic congestion? Adding a 3rd lane to our freeways has not eased congestion, as the majority of drivers still use the standard 2 lanes, at least that seems to be the case while I’m driving around the area. Let all drivers use all available lanes and we should have a little better traffic flow.

    January 27th, 2011 7:41 am

  5. Mr Observant

    I support the car pool lane concept. I suggest that Caltrans look into installing photo enforcement, such as they do on toll bridges and many cities do on busy intersections – this will deter cheaters, encourage car pools, and raise revenues.

    January 27th, 2011 7:54 am

  6. Michael

    You’ve now just figured this out? Same people who don’t care about using Cell Phones or DUI’s. Enforce the Laws. Stopp letting the little crim breakers get away with it and make them pay, then pay again by cleaning up the Highways.
    Who ever wrote this Article could sit with a Camera along any Road and show our police the other laws with thousands of photos of Cell Phone/Texters and Drinkers… But then The Press is too scared to print the realkity of the people breaking the LAW.
    Oh come to a residential Neighborhood and clock the average speed in a 25MPH,,, lets see if the Press Democrat will believe the Local Law Enforcement lies or do their job

    January 27th, 2011 7:54 am

  7. Mike

    I see about $2000 worth of tickets drive by me every morning and
    afternoon.

    January 27th, 2011 7:55 am

  8. BRAY

    I agree, do away with them. Overall the roads would be less congested if all 3 lanes were utilized more. The concept of having more people carpool to lessen emissions is just ludicrous. People who carpool would do so regardless and people who don’t aren’t going to just so they can use the carpool lane.

    January 27th, 2011 8:18 am

  9. DarkShdo

    I live in Petaluma and drive to Santa Rosa frequently during the “diamond hours”. I am not exxagerating when I say that MOST of the people passing me on the left in the diamond lane are single occupant drivers. Huge revnue should the CHP decide to do their jobs.

    And, as far as “multi” language signs – are you high, Joe? If you can’t read English you have NO BUSINESS on these roads. Just like driving in a European country that has another language. The driver is responsible for learning traffic laws and being able to navigate lawfully on the roads.

    January 27th, 2011 8:19 am

  10. svo

    Commenter Mr. Ross claims that “the lanes go unused [BUT] the high rate of speed of these lanes” makes them hazardous. Well, really…if there is no traffic in the commuter lanes, then the speed is zero. The lanes are actually pretty well used, and way too often by violators. If re-reading Road Warrior’s little 20 minute survey is not convincing, it could be time for a new eye exam.

    January 27th, 2011 8:23 am

  11. walter fancher

    People who can’t read the carpool lane signs should not be driving a motor vehicle on public roadways in the first place – in ANY lane. Such people are a safety menace to others.

    January 27th, 2011 8:29 am

  12. D. minkel

    The car pool lanes need to go.

    January 27th, 2011 8:38 am

  13. IRogers

    I communte from North County to South County. Every day, I see dozens of people using the car pool lane to bypass traiffic, especially during the evening northbound commute. The worst areas seem to be Northbound 01 from Hearn Avenue to Steele Lane and north of Airport Blvd to Windsor. I have been doing this commute for 5 months, and I have yet to see someone get pulled over.

    January 27th, 2011 8:43 am

  14. Hannon Sutro

    Fine is $100 but with the fees it is $480?
    That is what is criminal and should be investigated. That fine doesn’t fit the infraction. How do they expect any working person to pay 480 just because they were in the lane that was moving, maybe needing to get to a job or get fired, who knows, but I know that $480 is criminal.
    They rob you, and get away with it.

    January 27th, 2011 8:48 am

  15. Ian

    I travel from Southern Windsor to Cotati almost daily during typical traffic hours and honestly, not a day goes by where some one doesn’t zip past me in the HOV lane riding solo. Just for giggles and to pass the time, I counted them. On that day, a Thursday, from Shiloh road to the bottleneck south of Todd, I counted 32 obvious solo drivers and at least a dozen where there MAY have been a child seat but I could not be certain that it was occupied.

    Every once in a while you will see a CHP with one pulled over but it seems that the majority of stops along that stretch are due to speed infractions.

    January 27th, 2011 8:48 am

  16. Russ

    When I drive south to Rohnert Park at the 5 p.m. time period fully a fourth of the fast lane commuters are single drivers in cars/trucks/vans who shouldn’t legally be there. More than half of those vehicles have dark window screens. Why not double or triple the fine if these vehicles have window tints – which aid their masking the number of occupants in the vehicle. Otherwise, why not just abolish the diamond lanes altogether because the congested lanes’ vehicles must be spewing more emissions than if all commuters were able to drive faster and more efficiently emissions-wise than what is currently happening.

    January 27th, 2011 9:03 am

  17. Dar

    I usually carpool to work with my wife and daughter so the carpool lane has been a blessing from Windsor to Santa Rosa every morning.

    Today I drove to work solo and it was, and continues to be, MUCH faster than it was four years ago before the third lane was added.

    January 27th, 2011 9:07 am

  18. Brad

    While I love these lanes when I luck out and happen to have someone else with me during commute times, I still think it’s not right. Like folks have said, we all pay taxes to pay for the roads, so we should all have equal access to them. Do away with the commute lanes and perhaps traffic flow will improve a bit as well.

    January 27th, 2011 9:08 am

  19. Denise

    Did your “study” allow for the children in car seats that you cannot see from the pedestrian bridge near HWY 12? My child is in a car seat directly behind my driver’s seat in both my SUV and wagon. “Photo enforcement” (as one reader suggests) would never work if you cannot see the backseat. I also have factory tint on my rear windows, and I do see people sneering at me (thinking that I am cheating even though I am not) as they try to pass me because I do the speed limit in the carpool lane, and sometimes below it based on driving conditions, ie. traffic. Just because the carpool lane in on the left does not permit drivers to speed well above 65 mph! And yes children do count as “people” in a carpool lane per the CHP.

    January 27th, 2011 9:08 am

  20. Tom

    Nobody commutes to Santa Rosa. A carpool lane in this town is absolutely useless, a waste of resources.

    January 27th, 2011 9:13 am

  21. Road.Warrior

    Yes, I gave people the benefit of the doubt if I couldn’t see in their backseats. Most of the ones I counted as violators were two-seaters or had clear windows where I could see the backseat.

    January 27th, 2011 9:47 am

  22. John Galt

    Abolish the carpool lanes. Reminds me of Animal Farm in reverse: two legs bad, four legs good (in the car, that is).

    January 27th, 2011 9:52 am

  23. Mad Max

    I agree with all who say the diamond lanes should be abolished. Sonoma county is the only place in California where there’s only three lanes and one is a diamond lane. Everywhere else has at least three lanes before adding a diamond lane.

    Hybrids get to use them as single passengers. These are called High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. Obviously the same environmental zealots who are turning off our streetlights are the same brain-donors who allowed hybrids to use the HOV lane.

    And police get to use cell phones while driving and citizens can’t.

    Seems like the country where “all men are created equal” is not so equal after all.

    January 27th, 2011 9:59 am

  24. Michael

    Why can’t the Press Democrat actually take pictures of the Violators, not postingtheir names and show Santa Rosa who is Committing these crimes. Oh by the way on the road to work today I laughed as a Sonoma County sheriff was talking on his phone while driving on Hwy 12 at Clistoga Road. I honked and waved and he just ignored me.
    Hope he realizes he’s breakingthe same law his is to enforce

    January 27th, 2011 10:05 am

  25. M.C Rider

    I have a Suz Gsx 1100 motorcycle & a white helmet that scares the heck out of carpool cheats ,they try to merge to the right thinking I,m a cop witch is fine with me!.

    January 27th, 2011 10:13 am

  26. Missy

    A bunch of those were given out last year when the road was under construction and the lanes were not marked.

    January 27th, 2011 10:14 am

  27. NOTUTOO

    Commuter lanes are totally useless. It’s a “take a trip” lane. It’s not commuters using it, it’s mom’s with kids, and people who need to once in awhile go somewhere with another person.

    January 27th, 2011 10:41 am

  28. calbooster04

    That’s awesome, M.C. Rider! I travel a lot for business and, come on, the best and worst place to drive is LA. Everyone there understands you need to go the speed limit or faster. Best because everyone goes fast, worst because at high traffic time the 405 backs up worst than anything we ever have to deal with in Sonoma County.

    January 27th, 2011 10:49 am

  29. Lumaland

    No highway improvements can be these days without local and/or Federal funds included. ANY Federal funds contributed to a highway widening project have tied to those funds that these monies have been stipulated as Carpool Lane funds. They must exist as a condition of getting the funds. No State or Local choice in the matter.

    I agree, more scofflaws than poolers, just as there are always more speeders than compliers, and more cell phone abusers than anything else. Enforcement would pay for themselves in no time.

    January 27th, 2011 10:53 am

  30. Robo

    The only reason diamond lanes are needed in Sonoma County is so that people can drive to other counties – where your pay can actually support a Sonoma County priced home. The local leadership is not interested in developing a business-friendly environment that would lure well-paying jobs back into the area.

    Other than that, diamond lanes are a scam.

    January 27th, 2011 10:54 am

  31. Ben

    Abolish the carpool lanes! What percentage of multi-occupant vehicles using the carpool lanes have real carpoolers in them? I’d wager much less than 50%. People who aren’t old enough to drive aren’t carpoolers. Families taking a day trip to the city aren’t carpoolers, etc. etc.

    January 27th, 2011 10:57 am

  32. Eric

    The only place that the carpool lane seems to have any benefit right now is southbound 101 after the Todd Road exit. The lack of traffic in the southbound carpool lane makes it easier for the left two lanes to merge before you reach Rohnert Park. Once the RP-Cotati construction is complete, I think the carpool lanes need to be abolished. Ken Ross @7:35 am gave superb reasons IMO for doing away with the carpool lane designation.

    January 27th, 2011 10:58 am

  33. I'm Shocked!

    You just figured this out? Not only do people use the carpool lane who shouldn’t, but they do so at 80mph or more since there’s so little traffic. Sometimes they’re doing all this while chatting on their cell phones. It’s ridiculous how little respect people have for our laws!

    I don’t see why the carpool lane is enforced from Windsor to SR in the afternoon, but I guess people are too stupid to figure out a carpool lane that begins at Steele Lane. Same goes for SR to Windsor in the am.

    January 27th, 2011 11:05 am

  34. I'm Shocked!

    @Michael

    Police are exempt from the cell phone law.

    January 27th, 2011 11:06 am

  35. DH

    We commute from Santa Rosa to San Francisco everyday and count at a minimum, a dozen violators in each direction. If there is a law that we need to follow, then the CHP needs to be out there enforcing it.

    January 27th, 2011 11:20 am

  36. HC

    Carpool lanes work depending on the area. When you have a single highway that connects two major commuting destinations (880 between Oakland and San Jose for example), you see the effectiveness of the carpool lane. But when you have one highway that connects a relatively small population to a large metropolitan area with many different destinations (101 from Santa Rosa to the Bay Area), you wont find many people being able to carpool and these lanes will be underused.

    What really makes no sense to me is a northbound carpool lane between Santa Rosa and Windsor. Really?

    January 27th, 2011 11:21 am

  37. Cara

    I wish the HOV lanes were 24/7 and available to all vehicles getting at least 40 mpg and those with 2 or more per vehicle. Would eliminate the government bureaucracy responsible for the HOV stickers and hassle over times.

    January 27th, 2011 11:27 am

  38. Michael

    The car pool lane is a joke, and everyone knows it. Get rid of it !!!

    January 27th, 2011 11:32 am

  39. Madmax

    As you can see, the only time there are CHP officers patroling the diamond lane is when there is a grant given to enforce the infractions. This also is not a carpooling county and will never be. The only people that use the lane are “soccer moms, dope runners and cheaters, like myself. I drive in the carpool lane all the time, and I have never received a ticket yet!

    January 27th, 2011 11:32 am

  40. Steve

    I agree with the positions of Mr. Ross and Mr. Wiper – abolish the carpool lanes so that all drivers can use them. Until that happens, I encourage all solo drivers to cheat and use the lanes because doing so decreases traffic in the other lanes. It amazes me that in this country we build expensive infrastructure and then put constraints on it so that it becomes underutilized. Total folly!

    January 27th, 2011 12:06 pm

  41. JLE

    Children in the car is a moot point considering the law actually states that the other passenger in the car during commute hours must be another licensed driver….

    January 27th, 2011 3:06 pm

  42. sheryl

    Laws in this state mean nothing. If the CHP and other LE would start enforcing all these laws, our quality of life would increase dramatically. People can only afford so many citations before it gets way too expensive. I drive from Cotati to Santa Rosa and back every day. Over 90% of the cars in the diamond lane are alone. Isn’t the state going broke? There’s your source of revenue. No tax increases. Follow the law and it wont cost you a dime. Violate and help get California solvent again.

    January 27th, 2011 3:19 pm

  43. M.C Rider

    Carpool lane problems, ride a bike !

    January 27th, 2011 3:33 pm

  44. Erich

    We should all be required to have the fastrak contraption on our vehicles. This way we can all pay as we go. Automated monitoring and charging for how much you drive will make it more equitable to all. I live 4 miles from my house and do not need to get on the freeway at all. So live near where you work and you do not get stuck in traffic. Additionally if you wanted to drive in the HOV lanes then you can pay more if you do not qualify. The ability to pay to be in the HOV lanes is already in effect elsewhere and it is awesome.

    January 27th, 2011 3:42 pm

  45. Robert

    Using the numbers in the article, the simple math extrapolates out to a potential income to the State of California of billions of dollars per year. Obviously, we can’t catch everyone, but if we contracted out HOV lane patrol to private industry, I’ll bet they’d figure out a way to get a whole bunch of that money. Then, we could get ignorant morons to pay down our deficit. Now, that’s a beautiful idea!

    January 27th, 2011 3:48 pm

  46. Give Me a Break

    Since when did having a kid in the car count for carpooling, they can’t drive! It should only be two adult licensed drivers, not a kid that is not saving a car from being on the road. Also, shorten the time. 3 pm is way too early, make it 4:30 like Marin county, more people would be home and not congesting the freeway if they were not sitting in the other lanes. The commuter lane hardly has any cars traveling in it, but the other two lanes are congested. Whoever made up the times is out of his mind.

    January 27th, 2011 3:56 pm

  47. Pat

    California drivers are often in too much of a hurry and try to squeeze by laws. How many drivers do you see going through yellow and RED lights at intersections because they are in too much of a hurry.

    January 27th, 2011 4:11 pm

  48. Thoughtful Citizen

    WE ALL pay/paid for the carpool lanes through taxes. WE ALL suffered through years of construction. WE SHOULD ALL GET THE BENEFIT of the lanes at any time of day. Opening up that HOV lane will quite obviously alleviate a good percentage of traffic in the other two lanes, WHICH IS THE INTENDED PURPOSE OF ADDING THE LANES. The government is not in place to screw citizens out of $480 each time a minor infraction takes place in order to make up for its inability to balance a budget. The government is supposed to be there to support us, not screw us.

    January 27th, 2011 4:14 pm

  49. John D

    The original concept of the HOV lanes was a noble experiment but I think highly ineffective in its execution. Having one on a 3 lane highway is plain silly and actually causes hazerdous situations by congesting traffic when it otherwise would not be congested. The hours seem very arbitrary as well. What can we do to get rid of them in Sonoma County? I would sign that petition!

    January 27th, 2011 4:25 pm

  50. bzzitch

    The carpool lane idea in Sonoma County is completely bogus. It is FAR too spread out for many people to conveniently carpool. I live in Forestville, go to school in Santa Rosa, and work in Rohnert Park. There is absolutely NO way I can conceivably carpool with my schedule as specific as it is. We spent all this money on widening 101 and most people cannot use it during the most congested part of the day.

    What an utter waste.

    January 27th, 2011 4:53 pm

  51. Rational Citizen

    As a THOUGHTFUL CITIZEN MYSELF I do not think I should pay equally for others to drive all over the place when I do not. The only taxes that go toward highway funds come from gas taxes which obviously do not keep up with the current state of affairs. Look at our country roads being voted the worst in the bay area and our county does not have the ability to afford to maintain them. If you can afford the million dollar home out in the country then you can afford to fix the roads yourself. If you look at the price of gas in europe it is 40% or more than we pay. And the roads are much better in general. Pay as you go is the way to make all pay their fair share. And if you break the laws you deserve to pay through the nose. Otherwise change the law.

    January 27th, 2011 5:08 pm

  52. Alex

    The State and its agencies are bankrupt, yet the CHP and other police agencies fail to capture hundreds of thousands of $ daily by failing to tag speeders, carpool and other obvious violators. They need to place pairs of hidden bike officers,(one with the radar the other with the wheels) to nab violators just how they did it on I-5 and they were nabbing 2-4 cars at a time. WHY ARE THEY ALLOWING HOTHEADED VIOLATORS TO DRIVE WITH IMPUNITY, AND MISSING OUT ON THOUSANDS OF $$ OF FINES? What is the problem?

    January 27th, 2011 5:27 pm

  53. Rational Citizen

    Hey if we could get as many of the big truck deliveries onto flatbed rail then SMART could possibly make it and the roads would be less congested.

    January 27th, 2011 5:29 pm

  54. Rex

    I would gladly pay an extra fee with my annual car registration for a “Carpool Lane Permit”…many other people would pay this too. The money would flow into state coffers without highly paid officers and court officials having to spend time bringing it in when they should be dealing with important crimes, not minor traffic infractions.

    The HOV lanes are a Federal requirement, not a state one, and there is no Federal Highway Patrol…savvy CHP officers realize that the ability to cite a driver for this is a tool to be wielded as needed, but not something to spend 1/2 hour on every time – writing this same ticket all day is not effective dispatching of available law enforcement.

    And, of course, one should have to show a valid driver’s license to purchase fuel.

    January 27th, 2011 8:09 pm

  55. safedriver

    I’ve said this many times whenever I can. Carpool lanes are obsolete! Gas prices are already an adequate incentive to car pool when you can.
    I believe carpool lanes are basically illegal. They are built with taxpayer money and we ALL are taxpayers and deserve to use all the lanes, carpool or not! I hope a grass roots movement will soon abolish these ridiculous carpool laws.

    January 28th, 2011 1:15 am

  56. safedriver

    Many comments here favor getting rid of carpool lanes completely. Many others spew hatred for violators but really are just mad they can’t use it themselves. We all should be able to use them, period. Our taxes, our roads, our right to access. Personally, I haven’t used the freeway to commute for years and I’m glad, but I feel sorry for everyone who must use it. Why this conflict when the very basis for these lanes are debatable at best? Some comments rant about all the money lost because tickets are not being written. Don’t forget these are people trying to get to work on time. The ticket money isn’t going amount to a hill of beans. It is not helping anyone.

    January 28th, 2011 1:59 am

  57. Common Sense

    I’m sorry, but since when did Santa Rosa ever need HOV lanes in the first place? For our City to decide that they need to have HOV lanes is as laughable as Graton deciding they need a police departmnt and jail.

    January 28th, 2011 4:56 am

  58. Denise

    RE:

    ****”January 27th, 2011 3:06 pm
    Children in the car is a moot point considering the law actually states that the other passenger in the car during commute hours must be another licensed driver….
    by JLE”****

    Where does it state this in the law? You’re telling me that the CHP is wrong? Only jealous people complain about driver’s carting children (our Nation’s future) around in the carpool lane. We pay just as much gas taxes as you do if not more based upon our income taxes. It will be political suicide if you try to remove children as “people” from the carpool lane. We lived through the construction just like everyone else. Get another person in your car and stop complaining.

    Also “Madmax,” Soccer Mom’s do not appreciate being lumped in the same category as “dope runners, and cheaters.” Based on your cheating confession, either your Mama needs to give you a time out, or the CHP needs to give you a ticket. Maybe both?

    And yes, people do commute within Sonoma County, or there would never have been that nightmarish issue with traffic on the former two lane 101 freeway in the first place.

    January 28th, 2011 9:43 am

  59. GameWit

    Not every hybrid car looks like a hybrid car from above, though. It’s easy to spot the Priuses, but my hybrid Honda Civic looks just like a regular Honda Civic.

    January 29th, 2011 4:35 pm

  60. Steve

    I agree..Abolish the carpool lanes or Caltrans need to do a through study the local HOV, and document their effectiveness or revise the time period, and get the message out to the people. I drive daily from Steele Lane to Windsor at 4:00 and the carpool lanes for the most part are barely used except for violators. These lanes are not effective for traffic flow in this area. If Caltrans feels they are ..shows us your studies for this area not a highly congestion bay area example.

    January 31st, 2011 12:22 pm

  61. safedriver

    Steve, I applaud your idea to put a fire under Caltrans and see a legitimate local study performed. Something needs to be done, maybe your idea is a way to get change rolling.

    February 1st, 2011 8:15 pm

  62. commuter408

    Carpool lanes are the biggest waste of space. I see at least 40 violators next to me every morning M-F.

    November 8th, 2011 11:01 am

  63. Bill

    Environmentalists have gone to far too many extremes to make change. They are now more concerned about the environment than human beings. Yes we should be responsible but these are fund raising scams. The miserable conditions they have forced many to endure will not have lasting effects on the environment. In fact, the “plans” they have implemented are rarely backed by sound research: they are more like whimsical experiments that fail but are left in place. Have they considered that a vehicle weighted down with more people will burn more fuel than a lighter single occupancy vehicle. Have they considered that building hybrid cars (especially the batteries!!) impacts the environment worse than building “regular” cars. Something to consider: when they did a comparison of a BMW 3 series and a hybrid on a track the BMW had better fuel economy. These hybrid manufacturers (BMW too) are appealing to the hypocrisy that is rampant in our society. Bottom line—HOV lanes are poorly thought out nonsense.

    August 4th, 2012 10:10 pm

  64. Dina

    I drive the 605 freeway and between the 10 and the 91, there are so many solo drivers that jump in and jump out of the HOV lane. There is never a CHP when you need one and there is no place for them to sit and monitor the lane anyway. There are several cameras going northbound but only 1 camera going southbound (according to Sigalert.com)

    So I am obviously not telling anything new here. But I have had my share of tickets and I just cannot afford to do that anymore. Its time for these violators to held accountable for their actions. PERHAPS WE AS CITIZENS CAN HELP GENERATE REVENUE FOR THIS BROKE STATE WE LIVE IN

    So I decided to take pictures with my cell phone. In a small stretch of the 605 between the 60 and 91, I captured more than 25 solo drivers.

    Oh where oh where can I send these pictures to??

    I welcome your comments and suggestions

    February 7th, 2013 11:30 pm

  65. Kevin

    there is so much revenue to be gained here. $500 a ticket at 10 per day (I see at least that many on my way to work and back. That’s $5,000 per CHP officer per day. If 50 officers got 10 violators a day, thats $250,000! Yes a quarter of a million a day in revenues for the state. Stop with the excuses and get out there and get these guys tickets.

    then make it a moving violation to deter people who can shrug off the fine (those with deep pockets). It won’t be so easy to brush off a ticket if it means points will be added to your record leading to eventual license suspension!

    I post pics of these jerks on my Facebook page just for fun.

    August 16th, 2013 2:09 pm

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