Over 2,000 drivers ticketed for improperly using Toronto HOV lanes

Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Police say charges were laid against 2,115 drivers for improperly using Toronto’s temporary high occupancy vehicle lanes set up during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Officers released the numbers on Wednesday of drivers who were ticketed for using the HOV lanes without the minimum of three occupants or a games permit during the Pan Am Games, and two people during the Parapan Am Games.

Another 2,506 charges were laid over that time period for other traffic violations along the games route.

Drivers who rebelled against the HOV lane rules included one motorist who was busted with mannequins in his vehicle, and disgraced ex-mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to using the lanes while alone and called them “a pain in the rear end.”

But Staff Sgt. Devin Kealey says most drivers obeyed the law, and that the number is not as high as it seems because the HOV lanes covered 235 kilometres.

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He says it works out to about 90 charges per day during the 51 days that the lanes were in effect.

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