• Jun 12, 2007
We're surprised that this gag can be retailed without disclaimers. CarPool Kenny is an inflatable head and torso that is marketed on the premise that you can cruise the carpool lane in passengerless peace, your inflatable pal offering impunity. People have tried this, and many have had their ruse detected. When you do eventually get hooked by the long arm of the law, it's going cost a lot more than this $20 useless hunk of plastic. Think hundreds.
Your odds of getting caught are likely rather high, since police officers tend to operate on the assumption that all is not what it seems, and Kenny looks so fake that he's just asking to get busted. Our own healthy sense of schadenfreude would kick into overdrive if we cruised by a schmuck whose bluff got called.

Using one of these things to circumvent the rules just means you'll bypass a jam and have to attend to being productive sooner than the rest of us left surfing for that mythical NPR station that's not fund-raising.

Thanks, Jason, for the tip.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Apparently the blow-up dummy has an inflated (!!) opinion of himself!

      Cheers

      David McMahon
      • 7 Years Ago
      Blogger Dan says, ".....left surfing for that mythical NPR station that's not fund-raising."
      This is the most pertinent part of this blog. Both PBS radio and television have reduced themselves to perpetual beggar status.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And for a few bucks more, there is of course Safe-T-Man....
      http://www.asontv.com/products/849840117.html
        • 7 Years Ago
        Web site says you have to buy in bulk. That way you could have two in the car and use the 3+ HOV lane.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's a HOV lane? :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      So where is Car Pool Kathy? Pretty sexist if you ask me!
      Scott
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the "carpool lanes" should be taken out. I have spent a great deal of my life as an on-the-road sales or services rep. I don't have the option to ride with a group or even 1 other person. The car pool lane just slows the rest of the traffic flow an adds cost to the service I provide for the company you buy products from. Who do you think pays that cost?
      • 7 Years Ago
      My MII looks more real then this thing - this is certain to get you caught.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if you are going to break the law to get into the HOV lane you would have better success, and improve the stance of your ride, by putting the $20 toward window tinting. CHP has gotten tired of pulling over cars with tinted glass only to find out that their is indeed another person in the car, so they don't even bother anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HAHAHAAA!!! Like driving around with my Mii!
      jean
      • 7 Years Ago
      Once I was traveling alone from Orlando on a seven hour trip. I had a purple stuffed monkey in front seat (not for HOV) but so it would appear I was not alone. When I stopped for gas in Tallahassee Fl the attendant almost fainted. Would have made America's funniest videos.
      skiser
      • 7 Years Ago
      As an often frustrated driver, it is the people like Little Lord Poopy Pants that clog up HOV lanes around the country. I've experienced HOV lanes jammed-packed with cars having only a single person in it. Do us all a favor and stay in the proper lane or find someone to ride with - you're one of the reasons we have these traffic problems!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      These are much-more realistic -- if you can get their mouths to close:
      http://realdoll.com/intro.asp

      More seriously, if the highways were simply privatized, congestion pricing would likely to naturally occur; people who were less-able to contribute to the economy would naturally be more-likely to carpool would naturally; and people who were more-able to contribute to the economy would naturally be more-likely to pay more to drive during congestion times.

      Less-important commuters would naturally tend to leave the highways available for more-important commuters during traffic-congestion periods.

      Highway privatization. The natural way to congestion-price.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Solo Racer, there was also some costly escape clauses where the California taxpayer was royally screwed. I dealt with Cal-Trans (also have a relative in Cal-Trans) and heard all about how the State got screwed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Another possibility, which would be a perfect compromise, would be to allow private investors to lease a portiont of the right of way in order to add additional toll lanes. This would retain the public right-of-way, yet allow a toll or subscription based "fast-lane." "

        Already happened in Orange County, CA. The Fastrack lanes at the center of the 91 freeway were originally owned by bondholders. They're now owned by the OC Transportation District, which bought them a few years ago. Financial issues forced the sale.

        The sleazy thing is that the orginal entity that built and operated them made a probably illegal deal with CalTrans not to make any improvements to the 91 from the eastern end of the toll lanes east to I-15, about 8 miles of heavily congested freeway that runs through Corona. That meant overcrowded entrance and exit ramps, bad pavement and anything that would have improved traffic flow wasn't done. That was supposed to make people eager to shell out for the tolls. City of Corona sued, but the sale of the lanes went through and the suit died. Caltrans has since made some improvements.

        As long as private entities want to pony up the money to buy land and pour concrete, fine. As for privatizing what are now public roads, that little libertarian utopia ain't never gonna happen.
        wolf
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ha, what a laugh! Heard about the clown in the Senate a few years back that wanted to banish all human beings infected with the AIDS virus to an island? Sounds like you're functioning on the same short circuit!
        • 7 Years Ago
        That is idiocy in the making. Freeways are for everyone not just the rich come on. The personw ho thought this up is a stuck up jerk who thinks there stuff does not stink and need a healthy dose of reality.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I see no problem with private highways... as long as common public property is not sold to or access restricted by private investors, or at the very least not without a significant majority vote of the local residents and populations that regularly use them at large. That said, there is no reason that private highways can't exist, provided that said investors purchase the land and pay for the construction themselves.

        Another possibility, which would be a perfect compromise, would be to allow private investors to lease a portiont of the right of way in order to add additional toll lanes. This would retain the public right-of-way, yet allow a toll or subscription based "fast-lane."

        As it is, we already have a system which works as you specify. Typically, long commutes are a result of workers moving to affordable locations. Those who can afford to live near their place of work can choose to pay for the convenience. Otherwise, they live fourther away in the more affordable ticky-tacky Wal-Mart land and deal with the expense.
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