Nearly 100 miles per hour; that's how fast Republican U.S. House candidate Kristi Noem was driving when she was picked up earlier this year for speeding. But that's not Noem's only ticket.
KELOLAND News checked the records for all five candidates for U.S. House and Governor; Noem has the longest list of violations, including 20 speeding tickets, three stop sign violations, two seat belt violations, and no driver's license. Noem also has six court notices for failure to appear and two arrest warrants.
Speed limit signs are posted for a reason. They're the law.
But Noem has broken the law dozens of times. According to court papers obtained by KELOLAND News, Noem's most recent speeding ticket was earlier this year when she was pulled over for driving 94 miles per hour on the interstate.
"Obviously, I'm not proud of my driving record but I been working hard to be a better example to young kids and young drivers out there," Noem said.
Noem says she's always been truthful about her aggressive driving and knew it might come up during the campaign.
"Absolutely, when you enter a race like this you just know your life is gong to be an open book especially with these public records like that too. We've got so many issues to talk about with South Dakota voters that they care about. I just feel disheartened we're spending time talking about my poor driving record when we could be talking about the economy and jobs," Noem said.
Noem had warrants issued for her arrest on two occasions when she failed to pay fines.
"All the fines and penalties have been paid and I'll continue to make sure being diligent and recognizing the fact that this obviously isn't something I'm proud of, something I need to improve," Noem said.
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has one speeding ticket in Hyde County in 1999 for driving 84 miles per hour in a 65. She was fined $73. There are no violations on Herseth Sandlin's record in Washington, D.C.
This is what she had to say about Noem's driving record.
"Elected officials need to have respect for the laws that are made for all of us as citizens. You need to be accountable and need to take responsibilities for your actions and set the highest standards," Herseth Sandlin said.
For Noem, her driving record could put a bump in the road to Washington.
B. Thomas Marking, the independent candidate in the race, has one speeding ticket in Rapid City.
Herseth Sandlin and Noem Driving Violations
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