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Troopers are looking for carpool lane violators this week

The Washington State Patrol is conducting an emphasis patrol this week on carpool violators from Pierce to Snohomish counties, including all of King County.

Troopers from the Washington State Patrol are doing an emphasis patrol this week on carpool violators.

The five-day emphasis focuses on freeways between north Pierce County and south Snohomish County. It includes all of King County.

In 2017, Washington State troopers contacted 11,330 drivers for high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) violations – an increase of more than 200 over the previous year. Of those, 428 were repeat offenders.

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HOV violations are one of the most frequent complaints troopers receive. Drivers face $136 if they are caught breaking the law.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there are several “hot spots” where drivers violate HOV laws. Those include:

• I-5 at the NE 175th Street ramps

• The I-5 express lanes

• I-405 through Downtown Bellevue

• I-405 at Totem Lake

• I-405 between SR 167 and I-90

• SR 509 at First Avenue Bridge

• SR 520 at 84th and 92nd avenues

• SR 520 at Montlake Boulevard East