Driver Gets Cited for Riding in a Carpool Lane with a Skeleton

Driver’s skeleton passenger gets him a ticket on the ‘Bony Express,’ Texas cops say

It wasn’t a lack of a seat belt that caught the attention of Texas deputies in this not-so spine-chilling situation. Rather, it’s “who” was wearing that passenger seat belt.

life-sized skeleton, that is.

Deputies had a “feeling in their bones that something wasn’t right” when they noticed the spooky Halloween decoration in a man’s car. That man was driving in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in Katy, according to a Facebook post from Constable Ted Heap with Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5

Those carpool lanes are meant for vehicles with two or more people, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. And as this driver learned, skeletons don’t count as a person.

“Our deputies saw right through the ruse and issued the driver a bone-afide citation,” Heap wrote on Wednesday.

The purpose of express lanes is to reduce congestion and vehicle emissions with a more efficient commute, but in this case, deputies called it a “Bony Express.”

So, in addition to the ticket, Heap said deputies gave the driver a “sternum lecture” and wished him “bone voyage!”

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