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Over 500 people cited for breaking new HOV lane rules

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 14:29:21-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Highway Patrol has issued over 500 citations in the first month since the 24-hour High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/Carpool Lane rules have been in effect.

NHP began enforcing the new rules 24 hours a day, seven days a week starting on June 20 following a grace period to allow drivers to get adjusted, and in the first 30 days they issued 518 citations.

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The lanes only allow cars with more than one passenger, or motorcycles with one or more riders, hopefully giving drivers an incentive to carpool.

If police catch someone breaking the rules, they could be issued a $250 citation.

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As far as crossing the solid white lines, there is currently no data for this violation because the statute Disregarding a Traffic Control Device is commonly written to cover other violations like running red lights, stop signs, yield signs.

Highway Patrol has corrected that and data on crossing the solid white lines will be updated in the next few months.