Safety & Loss Control News

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 …

Ohio Fighting Scrap Metal Theft with Data Sharing Project

Scrap metal dealers are getting help combatting theft from a new data-sharing arrangement through the Ohio Courts Network. Under a December agreement between the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, a “Do Not Buy from Convicted …

High Infection Rates Lead to Penalties for 11 Kansas Hospitals

Eleven Kansas hospitals are among more than 700 nationwide that have been penalized for having high rates of infections or patient injuries, leading to a 1 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements since the current fiscal year began in October. Medicare …

Kansas Woman Sues Wal-Mart over Injuries from Black Friday Sale

A southeast Kansas woman who says she was trampled at a Wal-Mart store on Black Friday in 2013 is suing the retail giant, claiming it did not do enough to protect her or make it clear to customers that so-called …

Unsafe Megabus Stopped, Taken Out of Service in Indiana

A Megabus carrying 67 passengers was taken out of service on Dec. 31 after an Indiana trooper spotted it leaning to one side and an inspection found other problems, state police said. After an officer stopped the double-decker coach for …