Seat Belt, Cell Phone Violations Yield 64 Citations

Seat Belt, Cell Phone Violations Yield 64 Citations
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POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:04pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:07pm

Las Cruces Police issued 64 citations and made one felony arrest during a two-hour traffic enforcement operation held today near Solano Drive and north Main Street.

The operation ran from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Traffic officers issued 33 citations to drivers who were using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle and another 10 citations to motorists who were not utilizing a seat belt.

Tuesday’s traffic enforcement operation was intended to emphasize enforcement of the city’s cell phone ordinance and motorists who were not properly using seat belts.

Motorists are reminded that Las Cruces’ cell phone ordinance prohibits cell phone use while driving within city limits. The ban includes engaging in a phone call or creating, sending and reading text messages or e-mail while operating a motor vehicle. Dialing, texting or otherwise manipulating an electronic device while driving – or while stopped at a red light – is not considered lawful or safe.

Engaging in a conversation on a cell phone is permitted within city limits if the driver is utilizing a hands-free device and its use does not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle.

Officers also arrested a 22-year-old man after he was found to be in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Officers also discovered he had two outstanding warrants out of Magistrate Court.

Traffic officers arrested three other motorists; two on misdemeanor warrants and one for operating a motor vehicle on a revoked driver’s license.


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