- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are cracking down on those caught violating the rules of the Interstate 15 carpool lanes.

The Utah Department of Transportation has funded efforts to increase enforcement along the recently reopened express lanes at the Point of the Mountain. The completion of a road-widening project there has added 72 miles of express lanes along I-15 from Spanish Fork to Layton.

UDOT spokesman John Gleason says the extra enforcement is necessary because express lanes “are getting clogged with people who don’t belong there.”

The Highway Patrol has previously let violators go with a warning, but troopers are now issuing tickets, which can cost up to $175.

Authorities are using the increased enforcement to remind drivers the express lanes are only open to carpoolers and single riders who pay a toll.

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