Everybody loves a good loophole. Whether it be some sort of smart, seemingly hidden tactic to win a board game or an ingenious but legal scheme to evade taxes, reading between the lines and benefitting from it is an awesome feeling.
Carpool lanes on major roadways offer a great alternative to sitting in traffic. The only condition to using this lane is that you need to have 1 or more passengers in your vehicle. A driver in Nevada recently was pulled over for driving in the car pool lane with only one occupant in his vehicle, or at least so the police officer thought. When the driver was confronted by the officer about driving solo in the car pool lane, he brilliantly argued that the dead body he was transporting is technically a passenger.
This happened on Interstate 15 in Nevada last week. A Nevada Highway Patrol Officer pulled over a driver for driving by himself in the HOV lane. I should clarify that he wasn’t driving your typical hearse. This was more of a mini van that was converted into a hearse, which doesn’t seem legal or sanitary, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, the driver explained to the officer that he was transporting a dead body and pointed to the corpse and said “Well doesn’t he count?”, meaning he believes the body should count as a passenger. The officer laughed, but disagreed. Apparently dead bodies don’t count as a passenger, but the cop decided to be a homie and let him off with a warning.
First things first, I tip my cap to this driver. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and instead of sitting there like a bitch and accepting his ticket, this guy decided to think outside the box. Pointing at a dead body you have strapped down to a gurney in the back of your car and saying “That’s my passenger right there, officer” is fucking hilarious, and even the cop knew it.
Plus, and I’ll admit I’m not too savvy when it comes to traffic laws, but I think he was 100% in the right here in saying that a dead body should count as a passenger. I mean, is that not a human? Sure it might be a dead human, but just because they’re dead doesn’t mean they aren’t a passenger anymore. Does this mean that if you were driving somebody to the hospital in the HOV lane and they croaked on the way, you’re now breaking the law? I don’t know, but it’s something worth looking into if you’re like me and need to know the answer to stupid, hypothetical scenarios.
Part of me wishes this guy did get a ticket, just so he could take this case all the way to The Supreme Court. “The United States Vs. Guy Driving With Dead Body In HOV Lane” would become this decades OJ Trial, and (hopefully) The Supreme Court would rule in his favor and determine that dead bodies count as passengers. Next thing you know they’re gonna try to say that having a dog in the front seat doesn’t count as a passenger. Absolute madness.
This is one of the rare occasions where getting pulled over with a dead body in your car isn’t a big deal, and as far as loopholes go, this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Although he technically wasn’t in the right from a legal standpoint, he was A-OK in my book. It’s the laws that need to be changed, not the behavior. If driving in the HOV lane with a dead body in your car is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Play on playa.
PS: I got bored at work and decided to look up some cool loopholes. During my Google session, I found out that you can Basically get away with any crime, including murder, if you commit it in a certain 50 mile area of Yellowstone National Park. The 6th Amendment guarantees our right to a speedy trial, and although this particular 50 mile area is in Idaho, Wyoming has jurisdiction over Yellowstone. So theoretically, if you killed somebody here and turned yourself in, you could request a speedy trial. They would then have to field a jury of people that live in that area, but nobody lives there. Case dismissed. Now to convince all of my enemies to take a vacation there……