Debra J. Saunders

Unfortunately, some public officials don't see it as their jobs to ease the commute and the cost for the working stiff who pays taxes and tolls -- even if gridlocked cars create more pollution than moving cars. It's their job to change your behavior.

Or spend your money trying and failing to change your behavior. "They've been not very successful in terms of the original purpose in stimulating car pools," Poole observed. According to federal statistics, ride sharing in the Bay Area has decreased from 16 percent in 1980 to 11 percent in 2010. Even with added HOV lanes, the raw number of carpoolers is down by 35,000.

As for Burton, the former state Senate president pro tem, he doesn't expect Sacramento to rectify its mistake. He already has scraped the yellow HOV sticker off his Prius.

Debra J. Saunders

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