Safety & Loss Control News

Sheriff: New Orleans Airport Attacker Had Machete, Explosives

A machete-wielding attacker who died hours after being shot by a sheriff’s deputy who stopped his rampage at New Orleans’ international airport had a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails, authorities say. Richard White, 63, was shot on March 20 as …

Nebraska Lawmakers to Vote on Helmet Law Repeal

A push to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law is going to a vote in the Legislature despite opposition from senators who say the requirement saves lives. The repeal measure would lift Nebraska’s restriction on motorcycle helmets for riders who are at …

90% of Parents Waive Teen Driving Restriction in Iowa

An effort to improve some teen drivers’ road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact in Iowa, because the majority of parents are signing waivers to opt their kids out of the requirement. According to data …

Safety Concerns Block Effort to Raise Interstate Speed Limit in Iowa

Iowa drivers will stay out of the fast lane for now, after lawmakers did not advance a bill that would have boosted the speed limit on interstate highways, bringing it in line with many nearby states. The bill sought to …

Louisiana’s ‘Sobriety Court’ Program Targets Drunk Drivers

State court officials in Lafayette are three months into a program designed to wean habitual drunken drivers off of alcohol. The Advocate reports it’s a program that demands sobriety and discipline from offenders who have been convicted of third- and …

$4.2M Traffic Safety Project in Baton Rouge Area Begins

State highway workers will start a $4.2 million safety project for the Baton Rouge, La., region by enhancing the visibility of two intersections in Ascension Parish with new signs and other improvements. Officials tell The Advocate the intersections of Louisiana …

Arkansas Senate Bill Would Allow Armed Teachers, School Staff

The Arkansas Senate passed legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts. By a 33-1 vote, the Senate approved a …

Feds: Ohio Workplace Fatalities on the Rise

Workplace fatalities have been rising in Ohio, and federal officials cite lack of attention to safe work practices and training and the existence of younger and newer manufacturing and construction workforces. There had been an estimated 17 fatal workplace accidents …

Tourism Group Promises $2.5M to Help Fund New Orleans Patrols

New Orleans’ tourism industry will put up $2.5 million to help fund extra Louisiana State Police patrols in the city beyond the Mardi Gras season. State police and other law enforcement agencies traditionally help the city with beefed up Mardi …

Sioux Falls Business Break-Ins Prompt Security Upgrades

A string of office and commercial burglaries is prompting some Sioux Falls, S.D., businesses to upgrade security. The Argus Leader reports that since November, Sioux Falls police have had reports of almost 60 burglaries. A dozen businesses in three buildings …