Las Cruces Traffic Crackdown Nets 146 Tickets

Mar 27, 2014

  Las Cruces Police, with help from five New Mexico State Police officers, issued 146 citations during a traffic enforcement operation held today on Lohman Avenue.

Today’s operation was held between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. along Lohman near Foothills Road. LCPD Traffic Unit officers issued 96 citations while the NMSP officers were responsible for 50.

Altogether officers issued 47 citations for speeding, 39 for using a cell phone while driving, 23 for improper turn and 11 for driving without proof of liability insurance. The remaining citations were for various traffic infractions.

The city’s cell phone ordinance prohibits drivers from 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.

Additional traffic enforcement operations are planned in the near future.