Java jive? Driver says trooper pulled her over in St. Paul for drinking coffee

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We know drinking and driving is a bad idea – but even sipping some hot coffee during your morning commute?

Lindsay Krieger tells FOX 9 a state trooper pulled her over on Interstate 94 in St. Paul Wednesday, leading to the following exchange:

“She was like, ‘Do you know what you were doing wrong? Do you know why you were pulled over?’ I said, ‘no I have no idea what you’re talking about.‘ And finally after asking me a few more times she says, ‘Drinking coffee. It’s against the law to drink coffee while you’re driving.'”

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The State Patrol has a different version, telling the Star Tribune Krieger was ticketed for not wearing a seat belt.

A spokeswoman tells the paper the trooper involved noted that at crash scenes she often sees spilled coffee or other evidence of drivers trying to do too many things at once, but said she would not pull over a driver just for drinking coffee.

So is it really illegal?

While Minnesota law specifically bans texting or accessing the web while driving, there's no mention of coffee.

A citation for sipping while driving might be justified, though, under the law against inattentive driving.

According to the website Drive-Safely.net, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that 65 percent of "near miss accidents" are caused by drivers fussing with food or drinks. And what food or beverage was the most common culprit? Coffee.

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Lindsay Krieger tells the Star Tribune she'll fight the ticket she got for not wearing a seat belt, saying she unbuckled the belt to get her insurance card out of the glove compartment.

Krieger adds that she also plans to continue drinking coffee, even while driving.

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