Crackdown on HOV violators on I-66 Express Lanes

Virginia State Police are intensifying their patrols Friday along parts of the Interstate 66 Express lanes in an effort to catch drivers trying to avoid high tolls by illegally using the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.

Law enforcement officers will be out during the morning and evening rush hours between 530 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Drivers illegally using the HOV lanes could face a fine of up to $1000.

All vehicles with two or more people (HOV-2+) can continue to use the road during rush hours for free, but need an E-ZPass Flex switched to HOV-mode. Drivers choosing to pay a toll and drive by themselves in the express lanes need an E-ZPass.

Get more information online.