Bizarre HOV Violation

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One of my favorite episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David is when Larry hires a prostitute so that he can use the HOV lane and beat traffic.  Well life imitated art this week when a 61-year-old woman 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 police officer 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 Haupppauge Traffic Violations Bureau.

In case you haven’t seen it, below is the Larry David “Car Pool” episode.

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