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New York driver accused of passing off mask as passenger in HOV lane

Written by on June 2, 2021

A New York driver was ticketed Wednesday evening when police say an officer realized he didn’t have a passenger with him while driving in the carpool lane on the Long Island Expressway. 

Justin Kunis, 20, allegedly attached a white theater mask to the passenger-side headrest in an effort to make it appear someone was sitting there, FOX 5 in New York reported. 

Drivers in many states can pay hefty fines for driving solo in HOV lanes. Kunis’ fee wasn’t reported but they generally run well over $100 in New York. 

He was pulled over by a Suffolk County police officer, the station reported.

(Suffolk County Police Department)

In February, a California driver who allegedly went all out with a realistic-looking dummy was also ticketed. 

The dummy wore a plaid shirt, Cleveland Indians baseball cap and a facemask. 

“The driver didn’t say much,” California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. “Other than that he’s been driving with the mannequin and he’d been getting away with it for a year and a half.” The driver had been pulled over by Officer S. Sullinger, The East Bay Timesreported. 


He faced a fine of at least $400. 

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