Kicker – Skeletal commuter


NICK EICHER, HOST: Maybe you live in an area with car-pool lanes set aside, HOV lanes. Stands for high-occupancy vehicles, and the rules aren’t hard to understand: HOV-2 means one driver, one passenger. HOV-3, one driver, two passengers. 

Well, human nature being what it is, someone’s always looking to bend the rules. But one guy in Arizona took it to another level. Here how officer Martin Sotero explained it:

SOTERO: The motor unit that pulled up next to the vehicle looked inside the vehicle and at that point pretty much realized that the passenger in the front row was actually a skeleton.

But a well-dressed skeleton, give him that. Mr. Skellington had on a jacket with a hood. And a fishing hat, too. And, you know, to sit up straight the seatbelt was insufficient, so the driver tied his skeleton to the seat with a rope. Apparently the driver thought of everything. Well, except this:

SOTERO: Just know that if you are caught, you are going to be cited, points are going to be added to your license. Therefore, it’s just not worth it. 

Cost-benefit ratio: Is it worth the risk of a $400 ticket to get there earlier, versus just leaving earlier?

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(Photo/Arizona Department of Public Safety)

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