Friday November 30 would not be a good day to try to sneak through on the I-66 HOV lanes without either paying the toll or having enough people in your vehicle to avoid it.
Virginia State Police plan to crack down on HOV violators along the portion of I-66 that runs inside the Beltway. The troopers will be out in force during both morning and afternoon rush hours.
HOV hours run Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. eastbound and 3 to 7 p.m. westbound. All vehicles with two or more people are allowed 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.
A violation in this part of I-66 carries a fine of $125 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense within five years of the first offense, $500 for a third offense within five years of the first offense, and $1,000 for a fourth or subsequent offense within that five year period.
The “focused enforcement” comes just before the first-year anniversary of express lane operations on Dec. 4.
For more information go to 66ExpressLanes.org.