- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Transportation officials say 1 in every 5 drivers shouldn’t be in the carpool lane on Interstate 15.

The Salt lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1JtlEpR) violators are driving solo, aren’t paying tolls, or haven’t acquired a decal from the state qualifying their clean-fuel vehicles to travel in the carpool lane.

Buses and motorcycles are automatically allowed.

Utah Department of Transportation deputy director Shane Marshall says 1,616 tickets were issued in the last year, with fines averaging $162. He said enforcement is a challenge because the shoulder beside the far right lane is small and forces drivers to pull over on the right-hand side of the interstate across several lanes of traffic.

Officials presented the data in an annual report that the Legislature may discontinue, along with several others.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com


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