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Police to increase enforcement efforts on Virginia, Maryland highways for 'Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day'

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WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - Police in the Washington area are cracking down on cheaters in the high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

Six law enforcement agencies are participating in Thursday's "Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day" during the morning and evening rush hours.

Police will focus on Interstates 66, 95, 270, 395 and the Dulles Toll Road. The Virginia and Maryland police agencies that will be on patrol are the Maryland State Police, Virginia State Police, Arlington County Police, Fairfax County Police, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police and Prince William County Police.

HOV lanes are reserved during rush hours for vehicles carrying two or more people. They are meant to encourage ride-sharing to reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption.

This is the fifth year police have conducted the HOV Awareness campaign. Last year's HOV enforcement initiative yielded a total 485 HOV violations, which included  461 first offense violations and one fourth offense violation.

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