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First lady Maria Shriver's been caught cell-handed, breaking a law that prohibits talking on the phone while driving not once, not twice, but three times by the celebrity gossip hounds over at TMZ.

TMZ has posted two photos and a video of Shriver chatting away -- without the hands-free headset allowed by law -- while behind with wheel.

The most recent offense, snapped last Sunday, is the second photo this year that has surfaced of the first lady breaking the measure her very own husband supported and signed into law.

TMZ got "radio silence" when it asked for a response from the first lady's spokesperson (who also declined comment for The Bee), but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued his response on the Twitterverse earlier today.

"Thanks for bringing her violations to my attention, @harveylevintmz. There's going to be swift action," he tweeted in response to a post from TMZ publisher Harvey Levin.

So what exactly will the "swift action" entail?

"He's going to ask her not to do that anymore," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear told my colleague Kevin Yamamura, adding that the governor had no immediate plans to donate a sum equal to the fine assessed for a talking-while-driving violation ($20 plus fees for the first offense, racked up to $50 plus fees for offense No. 2).

Not so harsh coming from a man said at a 2007 bill signing that he'd dole out the following punishment if he caught one of his daughters chatting on her cell while driving:

"I'll get you the car, I'll get you the cell phone. But if I see you one time using both at the same time, both of them are gone. The car will be gone for a long time, and the phone will be gone for a long time, and you go to school with the bus."

We're guessing Maria won't be relegated to riding the bus, but if she is, odds are TMZ will be there to catch it.

Photo credit: TMZ



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