The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) rebranded the longstanding MnPass to E-Z Pass back in 2021, yet many area drivers are still unsure of how it works.

MnDOT's strategy with E-Z Pass is to move more people during the busiest times of the workday commute. But, if you've ever driven during the busiest driving times of the day, you might notice an abundance of speeders in the E-Z Pass lanes.

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Can You Get a Speeding Ticket in the E-Z Pass Lane in Minnesota?

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Everyone knows that you'll be issued a citation if you use the E-Z Pass lane without authorization in and around the Twin Cities. But what about a speeding ticket? The answer is a resounding yes.

E-ZPass troopers in Minnesota can issue citations for speeding and other violations, including distracted driving, mobile phone use, and expired tabs. E-ZPass citations can cost up to $300, depending on the county. 

E-ZPass lanes are high occupancy toll lanes that are free for buses, motorcycles, and vehicles with two or more people. Solo drivers pay a fee to use E-ZPass during peak hours. 

E-ZPass lanes are enforced with antennas that check vehicles for E-ZPass transponders.  If a vehicle has a transponder, a blue light flashes. If no transponder is detected, an amber light flashes. Troopers then visually determine if the vehicle has only one occupant. 
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It should also be noted that depending on which county you're in, a citation can cost you up to $300.00, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

To learn more about the Minnesota Department of Transportation's E-Z Pass, check out the E-Z Pass page on the MnDOT Website.

Story Sources: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Google Generative AI

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