A motorist who plonked a fake skeleton in his passenger seat so he could use a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane has been fined.
Police in Arizona stopped the 62-year-old man after spotting the odd-looking companion in his front seat.
The plastic skeleton – complete with a spooky outfit and a camouflage bucket hat – had a cool box between its legs and was secured to the seat with yellow rope.
Alas, officers saw right through the driver’s stunt.
Arizona’s Department of Public Safety tweeted: “Think you can use the HOV lane with Skeletor riding shotgun? You’re dead wrong!
“One of our motor troopers cited the 62-year-old male driver for HOV & window tint violations on SR-101 near Apache Blvd this morning. #NiceTry #YoureNotHeMan #AZTroopers”
High occupancy vehicle lanes are used to ease traffic congestion for motorists with passengers in the car.
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Officials in Arizona say more than 7,000 drivers are penalised for flouting the rules every year.
Last April, police pulled over a man who had a mannequin wearing a sweatshirt, baseball cap and sunglasses in his front seat.