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Ashton Kutcher ‘Carmageddon’ tweet: asks LAPD to forgive ticket

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Actor Ashton Kutcher responded to the Los Angeles Police Department's request that he and other celebrities use their Twitter feeds to warn the public about next month's closure of the 405 Freeway.

But the "Two and a Half Men's" star turned his public service announcement into a joke, asking that the LAPD return the favor by tossing out a traffic ticket he received.

"LAPD askd me 2tweet: 405fwy btwn 10 & 101 will b closed July16-17. In xchange I would like a free pass on that stoplight tickt IT WAS YELLOW," Kutcher wrote today.

The LAPD on Wednesday announced that it was asking celebrities with large Twitter followings –- including actors, musicians and professional athletes – to send messages helping authorities get the word out. Officials want the celebrities not just to urge their followers about avoiding the 10-mile stretch of the roadway that will be closed on the weekend of July 15 but to encourage them to stay close to home.

The LAPD said it is making contact with representatives for Lady Gaga (nearly 11.3 million followers),  Kutcher and Demi Moore (7 million and 3.7 million respectively) and Kim Kardashian ( 8 million followers). Kutcher appears to be the first to respond.

“The whole idea is just to re-message the theme of avoiding the 405 area and that it’s going to be a mess if people don’t stay away,” said Lt. Andy Neiman, an LAPD spokesman. “The other message is to take advantage of this weekend to shop, meet some neighbors you never met before, finish that home improvement project you never got around to finishing or have a block party.”

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--Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Ashton Kutcher Credit: Getty Images

 
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