Las Cruces Police issued more than 120 citations in February to drivers who violated the city’s cell phone ordinance and are now concentrating their traffic enforcement efforts near the Telshor-Lohman Business District.
LCPD’s Traffic Unit issued 123 citations in February to drivers using or manipulating a cell phone in violation of the city’s ordinance, the law that bans cell phone use while driving within city limits.
The law prohibits engaging in a phone call or creating, sending and reading text messages or e-mail, or otherwise manipulating an electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. The citation for violating the law carries a $92 fine.
Engaging in a conversation on a cell phone is permitted within city limits only if the driver is utilizing a hands-free device and its use does not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle.
LCPD Traffic motor officers will have a greater presence monitoring traffic near the Telshor-Lohman Business District. The primary focus will be along Telshor Boulevard between Foothills Road and Lohman Avenue, and from Telshor Boulevard east to Foothills Road.
Any driver seen using a cell phone, running a red light, speeding or violating any other traffic laws will be subject to a citation.