ON February 6, Port Mann Traffic Services were on routine patrol on Highway 1 through the Langley / Surrey border when a vehicle, allegedly traveling well over the posted speed limit, caught the officer’s eye. The vehicle changed lanes without signalling and crossed over the solid white line into the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane where it was stopped by police.
While speaking with the driver, the Port Mann Traffic Services officer noticed that the vehicle had a very unusual passenger (see photo).
The driver of the vehicle was issued several tickets for the alleged offences and the passenger, who did not protest, was given a ride to her new home … in a police car.
“We routinely conduct patrols on Highway 1 to enforce all the traffic laws, including HOV violators,” said Cpl. Garth Domm of Port Mann Traffic Services. “This is one of those cases where the RCMP got their mannequin. The passenger exercised the right to remain silent.”
Police would like to remind motorists that one of the restrictions when using the HOV lane is they must have a minimum of two people in their vehicle unless indicated otherwise by signage. In this case, the mannequin was seized to prevent the continuation of the offence of illegal use of HOV lane.