Las Cruces police nab 53 cell phone users

Las Cruces Police Department

Las Cruces police issued 81 citations Thursday morning and arrested two individuals on warrants during a two hour traffic enforcement operation.

The operation began at 8:45 a.m. and focused on traffic near the intersection of Telshor Boulevard andFoothills Road. The majority of the citations – 53 of them – went to motorists who were using cell phones while driving.

Another 12 citations were issued to motorists who were not using their seat belts and nine citations went to drivers without proof of insurance. The two arrests were for misdemeanor warrants.

The city’s cell phone ordinance went into effect Feb. 5, 2010, with the intention of eliminating a driving distraction.

The ordinance prohibits cell phone use while driving within city limits. The ban includes talking on the phone and 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 against the law.

Motorists can use a hands-free device if it does not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle.

Las Cruces Police selected theTelshor Boulevard andFoothills Road location because of the high number of motor vehicle crashes that have been reported in the area.

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