Safety & Loss Control News

Texas DPS Takes 1.7K Commercial Vehicles Out of Service

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said during its inspection of 7,865 commercial motor vehicles in June it pulled approximately 21.7 percent, or 1,710, of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected out of service for a variety …

Fed Up with Crummy Streets, Detroit-Area Residents Patch Potholes

Some Detroit-area residents fed up with the crummy condition of certain streets are taking matters into their own hands. Volunteers with the recently started Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair effort started filling in potholes July 25 on one roadway and they …

Indiana School to Build Tornado Safe Room with $1.6M Grant

Federal officials have awarded a southern Indiana school district $1.6 million to build a tornado safe room at an elementary school. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow Salem Community Schools to add the safe room at …

Study: Lawrence Area a Hotspot for Kansas Turnpike Accidents

Six of the nine most accident-prone spots along the Kansas Turnpike are in the Lawrence area, according to a study compiled for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Two of the other accident hotspots along the 236-mile turnpike were in the I-70 …

Groups Divided Over Lax ATV Safety Laws in Illinois

Illinois has some of the least-restrictive laws regulating all-terrain vehicles, and enthusiasts and consumer advocates are divided about how to make the popular sport safer. The Chicago Tribune reports that July and August are the deadliest months for ATV accidents. …

Texas Flood Responders Being Trained in Drone Technology

Drone technology training is part of a Texas A&M University seminar for emergency responders dealing with deadly flooding like the disastrous May storms. The 2015 Summer Institute on Flooding takes place at A&M’s Riverside campus in Bryan. Memorial Day weekend flooding in …

Indiana Now Requires Scooter Registration; Thousands Comply

Thousands of motor-driven cycles, the vast majority mopeds and scooters, have been registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since a new law went into effect in January that placed more stringent requirements on riders of two-wheel vehicles. Until …

Lincoln, Nebraska Considering Ban on ‘Flying Bags of Fire’

The Lincoln, Neb., City Council will consider a proposal to ban flying lanterns — or what Public Safety Director Tom Casady calls “flying bags of fire.” Councilman Roy Christensen proposed the ban, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Bill Moody, the …

Dozens of Minnesota Rail Bridges Found to Be Structurally Deficient

About one in five railroad bridges that pass over Minnesota roadways are structurally deficient, according to state and local inspections last year. Railroad bridges are in worse condition than road bridges, with just over 10 percent of the state’s highway …

Oklahoma Town OKs Rules Restricting Oil, Gas Drilling in City

Leaders in Stillwater, Okla., approved new rules for oil and gas drilling within the city to the disappointment of industry representatives. A.J. Ferate, vice president of regulatory affairs at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, said the City Council’s approval of …