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State Patrol, MnDOT partnering to crack down on carpool lane cheats


Perhaps nothing steams rush-hour motorists more than seeing cheating drivers zip along in the MnPass lane. You know, the solo drivers who look to see that police are not watching, then high-tail it into the fast lane to escape gridlock.

Starting Wednesday, more cops will be watching.

In a new two-year agreement, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will pay the State Patrol $2.6 million to dedicate six officers whose primary duties will be to enforce the rules of the diamond lanes on Interstate 35W, I-35E and I-394. During peak hours, the special lanes are reserved for buses, motorcycles and carpools with two or more occupants, or solo drivers who pay a fee to use them.


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