An Arizona driver was caught in the HOV lane with an “unusual-looking” passenger, prompting officials to remind passengers that inflatable holiday decorations don’t count as another person in the car.
The driver was making his morning commute on I-10 near Avondale Boulevard with the inflatable Grinch in the passenger seat.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety posted on Twitter: “A trooper stopped a driver and determined that the angry green guy was actually an inflatable Grinch.
The driver was issued a citation, though DPS said they appreciate the holiday spirit.
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“Due to the extra traffic on AZ roads this time of year, make sure you understand the law (ARS 28-737) & limited times before using the HOV lanes,” DPS warned. “Don’t get stuck.”
In Arizona, multiple vehicle occupancy (HOV) lanes are available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., to help drivers with two or more people in their vehicle during rush hour. is used.
Continuing the theme of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Arizona Department of Transportation added, “Traffic violators are as cute as a cactus and as charming as an eel.”