Distracted Driving a Personal Issue to Miss SD
Distracted driving. It's a dangerous situation.
Miss South Dakota 2010 has a goal to increase awareness in the state about distracted driving and even texting while driving.
An accident involving her brother and a distracted driver is helping her raise awareness on the issue.
“It didn't feel real, it was so sad, my brother is only twenty one years old, and someone took his life away because they weren't paying attention and it's just so hard for me because he's my only sibling,” says Miss South Dakota 2010, Loren Vaillancourt.
It's a car crash Loren Vaillancourt and her family will never forget.
"You know I held his hand while he died. So it was really hard for me," says Vaillancourt.
Kelson, Loren's brother, sadly didn't make it. He was a passenger in the car, and even had his seatbelt on.
Loren says it's a reminder how dangerous distracted driving can be.
It's a reality that is hard to deal with, but Loren is trying to educate others about the dangers of distracted driving, and her brother's story motivates her to spread the message.
Loren says people don't realize that there are consequences to their actions.
"I'm just a real person and my brother was too, and things like that happen," she says.
So as Miss South Dakota remembers her brother, she's also educating people on her platform of distracted driving, and making a difference for the future. Something she says has been very healing for both her and her family because she knows she's doing something good out of something bad.
The accident involving Loren's brother has obviously changed her life forever.
But something else that changed her life is getting crowned as Miss South Dakota 2010.