WSDOT, State Patrol to conduct a five-day HOV emphasis Sept. 10-14.

Effort to include 14 motorcycle troopers working tri-county area

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 11:00am
  • News
HOV violations are one of the most frequent complaints the WSP receives. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

HOV violations are one of the most frequent complaints the WSP receives. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

For the Reporter

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is partnering with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) to conduct a five-day HOV emphasis Sept. 10-14.

The emphasis will involve 14 WSP motorcycle troopers and will include north Pierce County, all of King County and south Snohomish County

HOV violations are one of the most frequent complaints the WSP receives, and troopers are looking for these violators on a daily basis. The historical data below is from King County alone.

• 2016 – Total contacts for HOV violations: 11,121 Repeat offenders: 403

• 2017 – Total contacts for HOV violations: 11,330 Repeat offenders: 428

• 2018 to date: Total contacts for HOV violations: 9,195 Repeat offenders: 226

WSDOT’s central Puget Sound high occupancy vehicle lanes are designed to provide faster and more reliable options for travelers who rideshare through carpool, vanpool or public transit. The HOV system also enhances the efficient operation of the entire freeway network by moving more people in fewer vehicles.

WSDOT reminds travelers that HOV violators disrupt the overall function of the HOV system on roadways, thereby increasing the cost of transit that operate within HOV lanes. WSDOT also will display messages about the emphasis patrol on the Variable Message System highway signs.

More in News

Kent’s East Valley Highway lanes to close for construction Feb. 19-May 31

One lane, each direction between South 196th and South 180th streets

President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.

City of Kent, KOA plan property swap to keep campsites

Land needed for Green River levee expansion

City of Kent hires media consultant to bring attention to aerospace industry

Goal to attract more businesses, travelers to town

School’s out Friday in Kent because of storm

Too much slush, ice in parking lots; winter break next week

New teen campaign, DREAM BIG, kicks off

Russell Wilson and Ciara unveil limited edition library cards featuring the duo

Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools

Senate Bill 5395 is co-sponsored by 17 Democratic representatives and introduced by Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way.

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline.
Study shows King County’s treatment funding is making progress

A document on the county’s .1 percent health sales tax was accepted Wednesday by the county council.

Most Read