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AVONDALE, Ariz. – A driver in the HOV lane of an Arizona freeway was given a citation last week because they had no additional passengers in their car, just a green inflatable character.

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Last week, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said on Twitter that a trooper spotted a driver in the HOV lane with a “Seusspicious-looking passenger” on Interstate 10 at Avondale Boulevard around 8 a.m.

“The trooper stopped the driver & determined the grumpy green guy was, in fact, an inflatable Grinch,” said AZDPS on Twitter.

According to KSAZ, the driver was cited, but the amount of the fine was not clear.

AZDPS said on Twitter they appreciated “the festive flair.”

According to AZDPS, it is illegal to drive in the HOV lane with just one person during restricted times. They also said to plan ahead and expect extra traffic during this time of the year.

“Don’t get caught with a Grinch,” said AZDPS on Twitter.