Governor makes history with historic proclamation

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - For the first time in South Dakota history, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed April 20th, as South Dakota Safe Driving Day.

People under the age of 25 make up only 15% of drivers in the state but are involved in 50 % of crashes involving speed and 30 % of crashes involving alcohol. Although this proclamation promotes safe driving essentials, according to one Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputy, you should always practice safe driving.

“Every day is driving safe, so we definitely want people to get home to their families safe and make it there and be happy,” said Amanda Swanson, and that's what our jobs there…to kind of help remind them and to help them keep safe and definitely one of the biggest things is to keep those kiddos buckled up. We have definitely seen an increase in texting and driving as far as people doing that that has caused a lot of accidents mainly speeding too.”

2016 seen the lowest fatal crashes since 2011 and the second lowest of all time.