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Case of first lady driving with cellphone 'has been put to bed,' Schwarzenegger says

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was going to take "swift action" after California First Lady Maria Shriver was photographed driving with a cellphone to her ear.

But at a news conference in Los Angeles to announce a new law requiring safe storage and logging of ammunition sales, when asked about what actions he had taken to address the cellphone issue, the governor was hearing none of it.

"That matter has already been put to bed," Schwarzenegger said after an audible gasp from some in the crowd who were upset a reporter had deviated from the topic of public safety legislation.

Schwarzenegger praised the new ammunition law, AB 962 by Assemblyman Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), for striking "an appropriate balance" between the rights of gun owners and protecting the public from criminals.

Perhaps his wife achieved a similar balance by apologizing and promising to donate her cellphone to a local charity.

"It's been dealt with," he said, hurrying into an elevator at the Los Angeles Police Department's dispatch center.

-- Andrew Blankstein at the Metropolitan Dispatch Center

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Comments () | Archives (13)

Dear Maria: It's called a Bluetooth. You should look into getting one.

I talk/txt and drive at the same time often. Never been given a ticket for it and unlikely to be. It's very easy to do it without getting caught.

The rich don't do time.

Oh, My! One law for the unwashed and another law for the "royality"! She is a KENNEDY! What more do we need to know!

Did she get a ticket? NO! Did the police take her phone? NO! What happened to her? NOTHING!!! Oh, I forgot, she's the govern'er's wife who is a KENNEDY and can do no wrong. She is pure! Be glad to see the back of her!

Giving an old cell phone to a charity is BS. She still thinks she is above the law. She should be sent a ticket in the mail for $300.00

Once again; one rule for the rich and another for ordinary folks.

Two-faced, duplicitous and an obfuscater....clearly a born POLITICIAN, with Imperial Bloodlines. How USELESS...

I like this. Shriver gets called out cause she is a public figure. Meanwhile 6 out of ten Californians who drive do so with phones to their ears at some point during any given week. That happens to include a Deputy Chief of the City of Los Angeles witnessed outside Parker Center by myself.

"put to bed?" How nice for Ms. Shriver to get around the law, rise above the law and be excused from any consequences. There are clearly two sets of rules now, one for the economic royalists and one for the peasants, and nearly all of us fall into the peasant category. I think I will go to the study and start writing a new best seller, "Serfdom for Dummies."

The law against using a cell phone while driving is a joke. You can't drive five minutes without seeing someone on a hand held phone. If the law was enforced we could probably balance the state budget from the fines.

If Obama can get a nobel peace prize, why shouldn't shriver get away with breaking the law, like all of her other kennedy relatives who got away with more serious crimes?!!!

She should be held to a higher standard because of who she is however we all know that won't happen, BECASUE OF WHO SHE IS.

Lets face it she is not a victim here, she borke the LAW and I don't care if the actor/govenor is frustrated I would like to here just how he put it to bed.

By his choice of words, I guess we know how she got herself out of a ticket.


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