A 61-year-old motorist was caught using a mannequin as a passenger in order to get away with occupying the HOV lane on the Long Island Expressway.
Deputy Sheriff Robert Howard became suspicious when he saw the “passenger” with her visor down and wearing sunglasses despite the overcast weather. The eagle-eyed Suffolk County cop stopped the car and discovered the torso of a female mannequin wear a long dark wig, blouse and scarf. To complete the ruse, make-up had been applied to the mannequin.
When the officer approached, the driver asked “What did I do wrong?”. The officer simply said I’d like to your license … and an ID for your passenger.
The driver was issued a summons for disobeying a traffic control device (VTL 1110a) which carries 2 points and roughly a $135 fine. She’ll have to fight the traffic control device ticket at the Hauppauge Traffic Violations Bureau.