Miss SD Fights Against Distracted Driving
Texting and driving is a dangerous combination.
That’s why the newly appointed Miss South Dakota Loren Vaillancourt is making it her mission to raise awareness about the topic of distracted driving, which includes texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
She says it's an issue that takes on a personal note.
It's something teenagers do everyday, some even without thinking about it: texting while behind the wheel of a car.
"Texting is a really big thing right now not only in the state but also in the nation," says Vaillancourt.
Miss South Dakota Loren Vaillancourt says her goal is to raise awareness about how dangerous texting and driving is, but she's not stopping there, she's also raising awareness about distracted driving.
"I'm talking about being on the interstate and watching someone passing you and they are reading a book, and that is really frustrating to me," says Vaillancourt.
She has even seen girls on the interstate going 75 miles an hour putting on makeup, risking their lives according to Vaillancourt.
"I can see them swerving lanes. You know swerving back and forth, so anything to take your attention off the road for a long period of time and causes a risk for an accident is you know that's what I'm talking about," she says.
Loren says she is passionate about the topic of distracted driving because she says distracted driving, like texting and driving, has been proven to be more dangerous than drunk driving.
"So we are talking about something that is more dangerous than drunk driving and it is not illegal,” she says.
A shocking fact Miss South Dakota says takes on a personal note every time she gets in the car or sees someone on the road swerving into another lane unexpectedly.
She has a personal story when it comes to distracted drivers. Her brother was recently killed in a car accident because he was in the passenger seat with his seatbelt on, and the driver pulled out in front of a semi.