â€œMorgan, 28, of Petaluma was slapped with a $351 citation in Marinwood yesterday for driving in a carpool lane with a kickboxing dummy propped up in the passenger seat, the California Highway Patrol said.â€
"Carpool lanes are making criminals out of people who are simply trying to make it to work on time," California Assemblyman Ray Haynes, a Riverside Republican, wrote in a 2000 editorial against carpool lanes. "Some motorists have used imaginative deceptions to appear eligible for carpool lanes. Some have been caught with dummies in the passenger seat".
Links below descibe alternatives to resorting to cheating to use the carpool lane - such as a $2 to $8 toll that helps fund mass transit.