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Friday, July 20, 2012

Carpool Lane Scofflaws, Commuting, and Me

I understand why most people dislike carpool lane scofflaws. I, too, become angry (envious?) when solo drivers use the carpool lane during commute hours and are not pulled over by the highway patrol. However, when I take a moment to think about it, carpool lane scofflaws do not slow my commute down. In fact, they speed it up because they don't clog up any of the lanes to which I am confined.

The drivers who do slow me down, however, are those who are traveling with one or more passengers and are thus eligible to use the carpool lane but don't. Although I don't think they mean to, by doing so they unncessarily increase the traffic in the lanes that the rest of us have to use.

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