Safety & Loss Control News

FBI: Security Planning for Houston Super Bowl in Works for Years

When tens of thousands of fans stream into NRG Stadium in Houston for the Super Bowl this Sunday, they will understandably be thinking more about the big game than the behind-the-scenes preparations that have gone into ensuring their safety — …

Minnesota’s ‘Plow Cams,’ Allow Drivers to See Road Conditions

Motorists venturing out onto snowy highways can now get a close-up look at the conditions they might encounter thanks to “plow cams” that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has mounted on some of its snowplows. The video cameras are mounted …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants More Focus on Repeat Drunk Drivers

An Oklahoma woman was killed in a traffic accident on New Year’s Eve caused by a drunk driver who had been cited several times previously for driving under the influence. Now, an Oklahoma state representative is calling for a stronger …

New Traffic Cameras Activated in New Orleans

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration says 55 new traffic cameras will begin photographing and fining speeders today. The revenue from the controversial cameras will be used to help close budget gaps in 2017, although Landrieu has said that’s not …

Injury Crashes Involving Texting, Driving Decrease in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has seen a significant decrease in injury traffic accidents involving drivers distracted by an electronic device since a law banning texting and driving went into effect last year. Data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office show that injury crashes …

New Orleans Settles Katrina Police Action Civil Rights Cases for $13M

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the settlement of three federal civil rights lawsuits stemming from city police actions related to Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu joined city officials and the families of James Brissette, Henry Glover, Ronald Madison, and Raymond Robair …

Possible Petroleum Contamination Prompts Tap Water Warning in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, a Texas Gulf Coast city, is warning its 320,000 residents not to use tap water because it might be contaminated with petroleum-based chemicals, prompting a rush on bottled water and the closure of local schools. City officials said …

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Losing Ground Due to Budget Cuts, Official Says

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is understaffed and struggling to accomplish its statewide public safety mission due to declining revenue that’s led to reductions in staff and restricted travel, according to the state’s commissioner of public safety. Cost-cutting measures will help …

Texas Judge Upholds Ban on Guns in Waller County Courthouse

A judge’s ruling that upholds Waller County’s ban on guns in its courthouse keeps the southeast Texas county at odds with the state attorney general. State District Judge Albert McCaig Jr. ruled this week in a lawsuit by a gun …

4,000 Businesses Earn $3M in Texas Mutual Early Qualifier Dividends

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has paid more than $3 million in early qualifier dividends to approximately 4,000 newer policyholders across the state. The payout is the final component of the workers’ compensation insurer’s $240 million dividend distribution in 2016. The …