Maria Shriver apologizes for breaking California cell phone law

The Sacramento BeeOctober 15, 2009 

First lady Maria Shriver apologized Wednesday after getting some heat for photos and a video that showed her driving while chatting on her cell phone -- a violation of the law her husband signed that prohibits driving and talking on the phone without a hands-free device.

After the photos showed up Tuesday on the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised his Twitter followers that he would take "swift action" in response to his wife's repeat offenses.

Shriver issued an apology on the Web site for her Women's Conference organization and outlined the philanthropic punishment she's given herself.

"I'm sorry. I will be donating my favorite old cell phone to my Women's Conference partner Verizon through their HopeLine program that helps domestic violence shelters. I invite anyone else who wants to recycle their old phone to join me. That's my version of swift action with a higher purpose."

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