Department of Public Safety News

Distracted Driver Fines Considered for Ohio Driver’s Ed Funding

The state of Ohio is proposing more fines for distracted driving, with the money going to help subsidize driver’s education courses for those who can’t afford them. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Drive Toward a Safer Ohio initiative is …

Oklahoma Records 58 Traffic Fatalities in August

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says 58 people died in traffic crashes in August. That’s compared with 65 in the same month last year. The new numbers released Wednesday show that five of the fatal crashes involved alcohol. The …

Former Vermont Department of Safety Lawyer Charged With DUI

A woman who worked as lawyer for the Vermont Department of Public Safety is facing charges of driving under the influence and cruelty to children after police said she was driving erratically with two young children in her car. Annika …

Texas Officers Fired From Helicopters 5 Times

Officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety have fired from helicopters five times in the past two years, disabling one vehicle. The Austin American-Statesman reported its findings Saturday. The newspaper says the information came from records obtained through a …

December Enforcement Brings 1,300 DWI Arrests in Minnesota

Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety says about 1,300 people have been arrested for driving while intoxicated so far in December. State law enforcement agencies are working overtime hours this month as part of a campaign to prevent drunken driving tragedies. …

13 Minnesota Motorists Killed in January Weren’t Buckled Up

The Department of Public Safety says the majority of motorists killed in the last two months were not wearing their seat belts. Data from the DPS Office of Traffic Safety shows that in January, 13 of 18 people killed in …

Traffic Deaths Rising in South Carolina

The Department of Public Safety says the number of traffic deaths is rising in South Carolina after three years of declines. The Greenville News reported Monday that the agency reports 581 people died on the state’s roads between Jan. 1 …