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A driver learned the hard way that having a plastic skeleton ride shotgun won’t earn you the right to usethe HOV lanes.

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, a trooper stopped the driver of asilver Mazda for driving at 82 mph and making several unsafe lane changes on northbound Interstate 5 near 272nd Street, the State Patrol said. The trooper noticed that a “passenger” in the car was actually a plasticskeleton in ahooded sweatshirt.

At least the skeleton was belted in.

The driver was ticketedfor speeding, unsafe lane changes andan HOV violation.