Safety & Loss Control News

Missouri Lawmakers Eliminate Funding for Sobriety Checkpoints

Missouri lawmakers effectively eliminated funding for sobriety checkpoints for the fiscal year that begins in July, a move by a core group of critical conservative Republicans that officials say could hinder or end the manpower-intensive practice in some areas of …

OSHA, Mid Continent Recommit to Oklahoma Oil and Gas Worker Safety Alliance

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network have renewed an alliance to promote safety at oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. OSHA reported that the alliance is committed to providing …

Little Rock, Arkansas, Now Offers DWI Sobriety Court Option

Little Rock, Ark., has started a sobriety court program that treats certain people charged with driving while intoxicated. The yearlong intensive program allows “hardcore DWI offenders” to choose that option instead of serving jail time, heavy fines and community service …

Study Finds Safety Benefits in Chicago’s Red-Light Camera Program

Chicago’s red-light cameras reduce serious injury crashes at intersections where they are placed and also have a measurable “spillover effect” that improves safety at intersections without cameras, according to a Northwestern University Transportation Center study released March 20. The research …

Toledo, Ohio, to Allow Golf Carts on Downtown Streets

An Ohio city is going to allow golf carts and other low-speed vehicles on downtown streets and two residential neighborhoods. Toledo’s city council approved the plan and, starting in April, drivers who are at least 16 and hold a valid …

Amid Tight State Budget, Wisconsin Towns Converting Blacktop Roads to Gravel

Officials in small Wisconsin towns say construction costs and budget cuts in the state government have caused them to convert their blacktop roads to gravel. State funding for local governments in the form of municipal aid has been cut over …

Minot, North Dakota, Planning for Launch of Disaster Resilience Program

Minot officials have drafted a new governance structure for the city in hopes of giving momentum to its disaster resilience program. City Manager Tom Barry outlined the plan to the Minot City Council earlier this month, the Minot Daily News …

Dangers Posed by Thousands of Crumbling Dams in Michigan

Michigan has thousands of aging and under-maintained dams that could pose localized risks. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tells the Detroit Free Press that all but six of the state’s 88 potential high-hazard dams are approaching 50 years old, …

Traffic, Crashes Increase on Aging Ohio River Bridge

A bridge that carries highway traffic across the Ohio River near Cincinnati has been serving tens of thousands more vehicles a day than it was designed to handle. Time and traffic are wearing on the Brent Spence Bridge, which is …

Wisconsin Governor Lets Apartment Sprinkler Requirement Stand

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has reversed itself and no longer plans to roll back a requirement for fire sprinklers in many new apartment buildings. The state Department of Safety and Professional Services recently advanced plans to end a requirement …