Well this happened to me this past weekend when my wife and I were on a California freeway and I crossed the double yellow line to get into the carpool lane.
As many Californians know, there is a carpool entrance and exit every couple of miles. It would be “too normal” to have one before each freeway exit and another one after each on-ramp. In other words there are a lot fewer than is logically necessary.
The officer told me why I was pulled over. He asked me where I was going. I told him we were visiting my son and we didn’t drive this freeway very often. I then added that I thought there were way too few carpool lane entrances. He replied that he gets that all the time. After I gave him my registration and insurance card, he asked if my record was clean. I replied, “Yes.” Then he went to his car to confirm my record.
When he returned, he asked me an unusual question, “Are you a former fireman or policeman?” I replied, “No.” He then proceeded to let me off with a warning instead of the $389 traffic fine.
When we pulled away, I realized he thought I was a former fireman or policeman because of my mustache!
The moral of the story: the mustache saved the day! Or maybe it was cause my wife winked at him.