Cell phone use produces flurry of tickets in Las Cruces

Posted at: 04/05/2013 2:20 PM
Updated at: 04/05/2013 3:34 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - It took just five hours for Las Cruces police to hand out 126 citations during a traffic enforcement operation, with nearly half of the tickets issued for illegal cellphone use.

Las Cruces prohibits cellphone use while driving within city limits unless the driver is using a hands-free device.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, other citations were issued for failure to provide proof of insurance, expired license plates or driving without a license.

Seven drivers were ticketed for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

The enforcement operation was conducted on a block of University Avenue near where a community college instructor was fatally injured while in a crosswalk in January.

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