Man cited for using fake skeleton to drive in HOV lane

PHOENIX (AP) — A 62-year-old man was cited in Arizona this week after trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger just to use the high-occupancy lane (HOV) lane.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said a trooper pulled over the man last Thursday after noticing he had placed a fake skeleton in the passenger’s front seat.

The skeleton was sitting upright, wearing a hat and tied to the front seat.

Department spokesman Raul Garcia said troopers cite about 7,000 HOV lane violators every year.

Last April, a man was pulled over after driving in the HOV lane with a mannequin wearing a sweatshirt, baseball cap and sunglasses.

A dummy skeleton found after a State Trooper traffic stopped 62-year-old man for an HOV lane violation in Phoenix. PHOTO: AP