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HOV lanes set to open in Las Vegas; highway patrol monitoring drivers

Posted: 10:06 PM, May 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 05:10:00Z

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada Department of Transportation is rolling out new HOV lanes on Las Vegas highways this month.

The lanes are expected to debut on both the Interstate 15 and US-95 starting May 20.

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Officials said the changes are expected to cut traffic down by up to 30 percent.

However, Neavda Highway Patrol troopers will also be looking for violators once the lanes make their debut.

"We will have a period of time where we'll do an educational phase, but then we'll go live," said Travis Smaka, NHP trooper.

A $250 fine can be given to those drivers who violate the HOV rules, according to authorities.

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