January 31, 2015
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - You forgot to buckle up, dummy!
A commuter who put a homemade dummy in the passenger seat to
sneak into the car pool lane was caught Wednesday near Seattle. But
it wasn't because a cop realized the passenger was fake.
Instead, the State Patrol trooper noticed the dangling belt
buckle on the passenger side and suspected a seat belt violation.
Patrol spokeswoman Christina Martin told The Herald of Everett
that the driver acknowledged trying to beat traffic by using the
He created his passenger by draping a rain jacket over plastic
piping, topping it off with a Halloween mask of Gandalf, the "Lord
of the Rings" wizard, a beard and a baseball cap.
The trooper issued a $124 ticket and confiscated the dummy.