Don't Be A Dummy On HOV

By Staff Sergeant Devin Kealey,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 4:05 p.m. July 8, 2015

A few wooden passengers riding in the HOV lanes raised the suspicion of an Traffic officer.

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Female mannequins were employed by a driver as a way of flouting HOV lane rules set up for the Pan Am Games

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at approximately 8:50 a.m., a Toronto Police Service officer, working the HOV compliance detail, observed a Dodge pick-up truck travelling eastbound on the Gardiner Expressway, just east of Kipling Avenue in the clearly marked HOV lane.

Multiple occupants appeared to be in the vehicle. As the vehicle drove past the marked police car, the officer noticed that the front-seat passenger did not appear to be life-like. 

The driver was stopped a short distance later and, upon approaching the driver's side of the vehicle, the officer was immediately able to determine that the front-seat and back-seat passengers were dressed mannequins.

As a result, the driver was subsequently charged with the appropriate HOV offence. On a positive note, everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.

The Toronto Police Service and the Integrated Security Unit would like to thank the motorists who continue to help us keep the region moving by carpooling, re-routing, re-timing, and taking transit whenever possible.

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