Two years ago, a KELOLAND News investigation revealed some startling findings about U.S. House of Representative Kristi Noem's driving record. At the time, she was running for Congress. After an extensive background check in South Dakota, we found she had a long list of violations including 20 speeding tickets, three stop sign violations, two seat belt violations,
and no driver's license.
Noem also had six court notices for failure to appear and two arrest warrants.
Has she slowed down any since she took office? We did some digging and caught up with her.
Speed limit signs. We are supposed to obey them. But according to court papers obtained by KELOLAND News in 2010, Kristi Noem had a long list of speeding tickets, stop sign violations and even a couple of arrest warrants for failure to appear in court.
The fastest Noem was driving and got pulled over was 94 miles per hour on the interstate. When we asked her about it and the other traffic violations, this is what she told us then.
"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 in 2010.
When we sat down with her recently, we asked Noem about her driving.
"Oh well, I haven't had any speeding tickets. I certainly spend a lot of time in South Dakota driving around and going to activities and meeting with people. That certainly is something that I said I would do and I have worked very hard at," Noem said.
And she has. We did background checks again in South Dakota, Maryland and Virginia and she hasn't had one traffic violation in the last two years.
Now that's she's a member of Congress, staff members often drive Noem.
"A lot of times, if I'm going on official business I do (have someone else drive). But we still live on our ranch up at Castlewood, so everyday life in South Dakota just to get anywhere, you have to be able to drive somewhere," Noem said.
And it appears her driving has taken a turn for the better.