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Hundreds ticketed in HOV campaign

Police wrote nearly 400 tickets for drivers violating the HOV rules during a focused enforcement detail Thursday on interstates in Virginia and Maryland.

The special enforcement effort was conducted during rush hours on high occupancy vehicle lanes on interstates 95, 395 and 66, as well as the Dulles Toll Road and Interstate 270, according to a release.

Police cited 385 drivers for violating the HOV rule requiring at least three people to be in vehicles using the lanes.

In total, 500 people were cited or arrested for all types of violations during the HOV awareness campaign.

Among those cited were two drivers charged with driving under the influence.

Police also ticketed a dozen drivers for speeding and reckless driving, and 20 for driving on suspended licenses. They issued 16 summonses for inspection violations and 12 for expired registrations. Five people were cited for failing to wear a seat belt and another four were ticketed for child restraint violations.

—Scott Shenk