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Cops Fight Carpooling on George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge October 1, 2010 from the New York City side of the span. Rutgers University freshman Tyler  Clementi, 18, jumped to his death off the bridge into the Hudson River September 22 after a live webcast of Clemnti having a gay encounter with a man was streamed online by two Rutger classmates. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

There's a steep discount for carpoolers crossing the George Washington Bridge, but what if you have no one to ride with? Simple: Pick up a stranger along the side of the road. Unfortunately, police have caught on to drivers who acquire temporary seat-fillers at bus stops before getting on the bridge, and they're cracking down on this totally legal practice. Police insist they're just worried about the safety of these stingy drivers, and this has absolutely nothing to do with the Port Authority losing roughly $7 million a year thanks to various innovations in toll cheating.

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Photo: STAN HONDA/2010 AFP