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Palmer Woman Cited for Texting in Near-Crash with Trooper

Published On: Apr 19 2014 04:12:18 PM AKDT
Palmer Woman Cited for Texting in Near-Crash with Trooper

A Palmer woman at the wheel of a heavy-duty pickup truck was cited Saturday, after an Alaska State Trooper says she nearly collided with his sport-utility vehicle because she was texting while driving.

According to a Saturday AST dispatch, 20-year-old Madison Miller was stopped at about 11:40 a.m.

“(Troopers) conducted a traffic stop on a Ford F-350 truck for driving left of center in a no-passing zone causing both the driver and a trooper in the oncoming lane to take evasive action to avoid a collision,” troopers wrote.

In an email to Channel 2, AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the incident involved Trooper Joel Miner, with the Southcentral Team of the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol. The stop occurred at “about 2.5 mile of the Clark-Wolverine Road at the tight S curves.”

Miller was cited for texting while driving as well as reckless driving, both misdemeanor offenses. She was released after promising to appear in court.

State lawmakers have made two attempts to ban texting while driving. The first, in 2008, was challenged in court because it didn't mention texting; the second, which bans most data entry or retrieval on cellphones and other devices while driving, has been effective since June 2013.