If you travel or commute on HOV lanes in Northern Virginia, mind your manners this week. State and local police in Virginia and Maryland are teaming up for a second “Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day” on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.
The first “Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day” was held May 5, 2010, and resulted in 956 HOV violators being stopped, two fugitives being arrested, and more than 1,200 total violations being cited by state and local law enforcement.
This week’s comprehensive, traffic-safety enforcement operation will involve High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) saturation patrols by Maryland State Police, Virginia State Police, Arlington County Police, Fairfax County Police and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA PD).
During both morning and evening rush hours, Virginia law enforcement will target HOV violators on Interstates 66, 95, 395, and the Dulles Toll Road. Maryland State Police will conduct its HOV enforcement efforts on Interstates 270 and 495.
In addition, Virginia State Police will also be stepping up its presence on Northern Virginia interstates between rush hour periods to patrol for aggressive drivers and speeders.
With the increased presence of troopers and officers on the interstates, motorists in Virginia are reminded to comply with the state’s “Move Over” law. Since 2002, Virginia law has required drivers to move over a travel lane or, when unable to safely do so, to proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road. As of July 1, 2010, the state law was expanded to include towing, repair and highway maintenance vehicles displaying amber-colored flashing lights.
“Our first HOV Awareness Day in the Capitol region was well received by many Northern Virginians and Marylanders who are fed up with the blatant abuse of HOV lanes,” said Captain Tracy Russillo, Virginia State Police Fairfax Division. “Disregard for HOV lane regulations will not be tolerated in either state. This multi-agency initiative is strictly about keeping traffic moving safely through the Capitol region for everyone’s benefit.”