Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Maria Shriver Apologizes About Breaking Cell Phone Driving Law

mariacellphone.jpg
"Breaking News" photo courtesy of TMZ
Today on Giving Tuesday, we need you.
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all today on Giving Tuesday. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls AND will be matched dollar-for-dollar! Let your support for reliable local reporting be amplified by this special matching opportunity. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

After being caught not once, not twice, but thrice, California's First Lady Maria Shriver apologized today for breaking the cell phone while driving law. Her brief statement:

I’m sorry. I will be donating my favorite old cell phone to my Women’s Conference partner Verizon through their HopeLine program that helps domestic violence shelters. I invite anyone else who wants to recycle their old phone to join me. That’s my version of swift action with a higher purpose.

After TMZ posted about her criminal behavior, hubby Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger twittered that he would take "swift action" in a message to Harvey Levin. After that, Shriver was caught again driving with a cell phone to her ear.

California law states drivers can only use a hands-free device. A recent federal government report stated that nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 as a result of distracted driving. A field study last week by a KCET reporter found that driving drunk and cell phone driving were equally bad (and texting was the most dangerous activity of all).