Solo car drivers should think twice before entering any HOV restricted lanes on Virginia highways this week. There will be enhanced enforcement on all area HOV lanes, including DC, Maryland and Virginia on Thursday, May 23, 2013. This day is designated as the Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day.
Patrols by Maryland State Police, Virginia State Police, Arlington County Police, Fairfax County Police, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police and Prince William County Police will all be included, and they will have beefed up patrols to look for HOV lane violators on area interstates. This includes I-66 into and leaving DC, as well as Rt. 267, the 495 beltway, and I-95.
In Virginia patrols will target HOV violators on Interstates 66, 95, 395 and the Dulles Toll Road. In Maryland, the focus will be on Interstate 270.
This is the 4th annual Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day. Last year the extra enforcement effort resulted in 646 summonses and arrests between Virginia and Maryland.
Penalties for use of an HOV lane during the restricted hours will result in a fine of $250.00 plus court costs, and four points on your DMV record.