Carpool Cheater Hotline Proposed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 5, 2007

If you’ve ever been inching along in commuter traffic – only to see some solo driver whiz past in the carpool lane, then you feel Senator Abel Maldonado’s pain:

 “It’s really frustrating to know that you have a situation where people are just going into the lanes – and you see them – and they’re breaking the law.”

The Republican has proposed a tattle-tale hotline of sorts.   Here’s how it would work:  You see a cheater, get their license plate, and then call it in.  The offender gets a warning letter.  But no ticket.

 “And what we’re trying to do at the end of the day is shame people from going into the carpool lanes.  Hopefully some people after a couple of letters, they have some guilt and they don’t do it.”

Maldonado says the national average for carpool cheating is around 15%....and it can cause accidents, and road rage.  Critics note that in order to write down the license plate, drivers would have to take their eyes off the road.    

 The carpool cheater hotline measure is scheduled for its first committee hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday. 

BIll number:  SB  889