Arlington, VA

Wednesday will not be a good day to try to skirt the HOV restrictions on I-395 or I-66. Not that any day is.

The Arlington County Police Department is coordinating with Virginia State Police, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police and other regional law enforcement agencies for the first “Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day” on May 5.

Police will conduct “saturation patrols” targeting HOV violators on local interstates during the morning and evening rush hours.

As part of the HOV Awareness Day campaign, authorities are also warning Virginia drivers to follow the state’s Move Over law, which requires motorists to change lanes or — if it’s not possible to change lanes — slow down when passing stopped emergency personnel. Violating the law carries a fine of up to $2,500 and/or 12 months in jail.


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