California's First Lady Maria Shriver Caught Parking Illegally

October 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
California first lady Maria Shriver's habits behind the wheel have captured the attention of the paparazzi once again. Two weeks ago, she apologized after the Web site TMZ.com posted photographs and a video of her violating the state's handsfree cell phone law.

On Monday, the Web site posted a video showing her walking toward her Cadillac Escalade, which is clearly parked in a red zone. The site says Shriver parked there nearly an hour while visiting a doctor's office in Santa Monica.

"I regret that I made a mistake. I take responsibility for it," Shriver said in a statement issued through her office.

Santa Monica Police Lt. P.J. Guido said tickets for parking in a red zone, which is reserved for emergency vehicles, can be issued after the fact if there is sufficient evidence of a violation. A citation can bring a $61 fine.

He cautioned that it was not immediately clear from the video when and where the violation occurred.

Guido said Shriver has an official placard to put on her dashboard when she is on government business, although no placard is visible in the TMZ video.

The first lady seems to have learned at least one lesson: The red zone video shows her chatting on her cell phone as she scoots into the Escalade, then putting it down before driving away.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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