The latest of these making the rounds is a list of supposed new traffic laws that went into effect on July 1. For example:
Carpool lane - 1st time $1068.50 starting 7/1/07 (The $271 posted on the highway is old). Don't do it again because.
2nd timeis going to be double. 3rd timetriple, and 4th timelicense suspended
Wow, imagine that third offense, a $3200 fine! Seems crazy, no? Well, it is crazy, and the real deal is this:
The minimum suggested fine for a carpool lane violation (i.e., driving solo in a carpool lane) has increased from $271 to $380 (not $1068.50). There is no provision for automatically increasing the fine or suspending licenses for subsequent violations.
You can take this to the bank, and read the full item at the Urban Legends Reference Pages.
So why are people so eager to believe these made-up proclamations that litter our in boxes? What kind of rational human will blindly forward these emails without even attempting to check the facts?
By the way, I hear a new law just went into effect that whenever you receive one of these emails with the tracks of 17 forwards on it, you must filter it through snopes.com before resending. Failure to do so could result in revocation of your internet user license.