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Driver Tries Carpool Lane With Doll as Passenger

May 28, 1994

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) _ A driver got a ticket because her passenger was a dummy.

Amelian Wolff, 58, tried to sneak onto the new carpool lanes on the Long Island Expressway with a baby doll in a car seat next to her, police said.

The Suffolk Highway Patrol put the brakes to that idea. Wolff was pulled over and given a ticket. She faces up to a $65 fine.

The carpool lanes, which opened Wednesday on a 12-mile stretch, are reserved for vehicles with more than one occupant from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Officer John Capute said he saw Wolff’s car go by Thursday and noticed a baby seat in the front. But he said the seat looked odd, and the driver gave him a sheepish look.

So he pulled her over, and found that the baby seat just held a doll, ″all dressed, all dolled up, with a pacifier in its mouth,″ he said. ″But it didn’t look real at all.″

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