A corpse is cargo, not a passenger, a Nevada Highway Patrol officer informed a hearse driver in the carpool lane.
The state trooper did get a chuckle, however, by the funeral home employee in Las Vegas who tried to pass off his casket-bound load as a qualification for the HOV lane.
"He won't count? He won't count?" the driver asks, while pointing to the deceased person behind him, bodycam footage shows.
"He is not with us anymore," the laughing trooper told him. "But for that I'll give you a warning."
He also admonished the driver to say in his non-carpool lane.
"In this job you hear people's excuses for different things all day long," trooper Travis Smaka told the Reno Gazette Journal. "And that's the most original one I've had yet in my career."
Today we stopped a local funereal home hearse in the HOV lane. The driver had the dearly departed in the back, he thought the deceased could be counted as two people. I guess we should clarify this, living, breathing people count for the HOV lane. The driver was given a warning pic.twitter.com/OQms0ktl8t— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) July 1, 2019