I drive in the carpool lane with great regularity.
Most often it is because I am so unaccustomed to being alone in the car that I forget and slip into the diamond lane. At other times it’s simply a calculated risk.
I got caught once, but the car seats in the back convinced the CHP that it was the former and not the latter. He too, had wee ones, and let me go with a warning.
I am thinking of putting a booster seat in the back, so I can drive with relative impunity.
I’m not proud of my behavior, but it’s who I am.