07/30/2015 11:31 EDT | Updated 07/30/2016 05:59 EDT

HOV lanes result in thousands of traffic tickets

Police patrols of the high-occupancy vehicle lanes during the Pan Am Games led to 1,735 tickets for improper usage and 2,000 tickets for other traffic-related charges. 

From June 29 through July 26, the duration of the Games, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police and the Toronto police issued tickets for any vehicles in the HOV lanes with fewer than three passengers.

The most famous attempt to skirt the rules around HOV lanes came when a man was caught driving in the lane with two mannequins.

Opinions about the rules for HOV lanes during the Games was split. Many blamed the lanes for increased congestion, while others took advantage of the relatively congestion-free lane.