Earlier today at the Consumer Reports and U.S. Department of Transportation “Distracted Driving Shatters Lives: Helping Parents and Educators Reach Teens” event, the DOT unveiled a new faces of distracted driving video with Miss South Dakota, Loren Vaillancourt.
In May 2009, Vaillancourt lost her 21-year-old brother to distracted driving. Kelson Vaillancourt was riding in the car with a co-worker to a job site when the driver failed to yield at a stop sign, drove into traffic and was hit by a tractor trailer. The driver died instantly and Kelson died hours later. Vaillancourt decided to use distracted driving as her platform when she competed in the Miss America pageant, and she is now speaking with schools and organizations to get the message out on the dangers.
Vaillancourt is just one of the many faces of distracted driving that has been highlighted on the DOT’s website distraction.gov.
At the event Consumer Reports and the DOT announced a partnership to help educate parents, teachers, and teens about the dangers of distracted driving through a free pamphlet that will be distributed to schools and organizations. (Download the pamphlet pdf.)