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Old 09-15-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Vienna, VA, USA
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So the "spirit" is to reduce the the number of vehicles on the road, but obviously bringing an infant would not do that. But then neither would an adult without a drivers license (not to mention a car), an adult who was temporarily unable to drive, etc. My sense is that this kind of thinking doesn't occur to most of us. If we have the ability to use something to our advantage, we do so, unless of course we can see a clear immediate tangible negative effect on someone else. Not saying that this can and has been changed by discussion, but this is the first time I've come across this particular one, so I'm guessing that few people have really thought about it.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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So the "spirit" is to reduce the the number of vehicles on the road, but obviously bringing an infant would not do that. But then neither would an adult without a drivers license (not to mention a car), an adult who was temporarily unable to drive, etc. My sense is that this kind of thinking doesn't occur to most of us. If we have the ability to use something to our advantage, we do so, unless of course we can see a clear immediate tangible negative effect on someone else. Not saying that this can and has been changed by discussion, but this is the first time I've come across this particular one, so I'm guessing that few people have really thought about it.
I used to think about that, too, actually. I'm guessing that enforcing the law in terms of making sure that everyone riding in every vehicle in an HOV lane is a licensed driver and owns a car is a logistical nightmare. But technically, you're right, as you know!
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I don't think it's against the spirit of the law, otherwise they would not have made the law apply to children under 16. Obviously none of them are licensed drivers and having one in your car would not take one car off the road.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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When the kids are old enough, teach them to wave at the police officer from the backseat so that he/she can see there is more than one person in that vehicle.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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I use the HOV lanes with our two-year-old in the car all the time.

The other day I was driving to a doctor's appointment and traffic was so bad that despite having left two hours early, I was afraid I was going to miss the appointment altogether. I'm about three weeks from having our second baby, and I actually considered getting in the HOV lane even though I was alone in the car. I was frustrated and emotional enough that I was prepared to argue that I am currently two people, thank you very much. But I chickened out.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:55 PM
 
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Hey, didn't they catch a guy with dummies in his car in the HOV lanes a few years ago?

LOL
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Yeah the "I'm pregnant so I count as two" argument doesn't work in HOV lanes - LOL

Pregnant Woman Loses HOV Lane Case - The Early Show - CBS News

Same rule applies in VA
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:38 AM
 
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Hey, didn't they catch a guy with dummies in his car in the HOV lanes a few years ago?

LOL
Yup, hahaha people are so stupid.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Some Beach... Somewhere...
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It may be more urban legend than truth that such things occur, but hearse drivers taking their "passengers" to a final destination are not permitted to use the HOV lanes either.

The case of a pregnant woman would make for an interesting argument in traffic court. I can see both sides of that argument as possibly being valid.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:47 AM
 
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Yeah the "I'm pregnant so I count as two" argument doesn't work in HOV lanes - LOL

Pregnant Woman Loses HOV Lane Case - The Early Show - CBS News

Same rule applies in VA
I'm glad, at least, to see I'm not the only person who's considered it! FWIW, I don't generally think up wacky schemes like that when I'm not pregnant. Heck, I don't usually when I *am* pregnant, but when I'm flustered, all bets are off.
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