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Extra patrols to watch for HOV violators Thursday

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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:00 pm

HOV violators beware. Extra officers will be looking for you Thursday.

Prince William, Fairfax, and Arlington officers will join state troopers Thursday in patrolling the HOV lanes along Interstates 95, 395, and 66, as well as the Dulles Toll Road, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Maryland State police will be monitoring Interstate 270.

"Saturation patrols" will target the lanes in the fourth annual "Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day" Geller said.

Officers will travel the lanes as well as sit along the roadways to watch for violators during the morning and evening rush hours.

"Police will be adjusting their enforcement methods throughout the operation in order to prevent traffic backups and added congestion," Geller said.

During last year's enforcement, police issued 646 summonses in Virginia and Maryland. Of those, 449 were for HOV violations, according to Geller.

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