Cameras Installed On Bay Area Freeway To Catch Car Pool Lane Violators

By Admin on April 3, 2018
Carpool Lane Bay Area (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Uh oh. If you’ve been cheating the carpool lane system, you might want to stop. Because cameras have been put up on an undisclosed Bay Area freeway to catch you.

The cameras have been counting how many people are in each car as they pass. And while no tickets have been issued yet, that could change.

Testing is still going on and if the new system holds up, it will probably get put into place. And that ticket is no joke—it’s $490.

CHP has already beefed up enforcement of carpool lanes, assigning overtime shifts to certain teams according to KCRA.

“If the system breaks down because there’s no trust in the system and everyone’s cheating, that’s a problem. I don’t think we can just sit by and do nothing,” said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The technology is a ways away from being put into place. But, the testing is the first step. And it seems like regular drivers might not be super opposed to the idea.

One teach told KCRA, “It feels like an invasion of privacy, but I hate the cheaters.”

Another said, “It sounds like a good idea. It makes it fair. I definitely see a lot of people in the carpool lane by themselves.”

I’m just happy I don’t have to travel to the Bay during peak traffic days. I never cheat the carpool lane though, because I know as soon as I get into it I will get pulled over.

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