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Maria Shriver Apologizes For Driving With A Cell Phone

Oct. 14 2009, Published 9:40 a.m. ET

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Maria Shriver issued an apology on Wednesday afternoon after pictures of her driving while talking on her cell phone surfaced online.

"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," her statement read.

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Her husband Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supported and signed a law last year banning the use of handheld communication devices while driving in California. If Shriver had been caught while driving in her Brentwood neighborhood, she would have owed at least $300 worth in fines for her repeated offenses.

When the gaffe was brought to his attention, Schwarzenegger promised there would "be swift action."

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