Category Archives: Articles of Interest

DPS Bolsters School Bus Safety Efforts

AUSTIN – In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 17-21), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to comply with laws prohibiting the passing of school buses. During this period, DPS Highway Patrol troopers will be watching for drivers who violate the law and taking the appropriate enforcement action. It […]

DPS Trooper helps deliver Burleson County baby

DPS Trooper Joe Morris helped deliver a baby boy in the parking lot of the CEFCO Gas Station at FM 50 and FM 60 Saturday morning. Around 10:15 a.m. Burleson County dispatchers got a call about a woman in labor in the gas station parking lot. Trooper Morris was close by and arrived before emergency […]

Select Driver License Offices Open Saturdays to Issue Election Identification Certificates

Certificates also available at mobile stations, select county locations AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming General Election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC), which can be used for voting purposes, are available year-round at all Texas driver license offices. In an ongoing effort to ensure […]

Trooper, Temple man rewarded for heroism

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson and Temple resident Robert Sneed were honored Aug. 31 in Austin with a FedEx Heroism Award for helping save the life of Wallace Altom on March 10. Altom was driving on northbound Interstate 35 in Temple when the FedEx truck he drove crashed into a concrete barrier […]

New Law Makes 911 Calls Easier

AUSTIN, TX- A new state law, effective September 1, requires all businesses, schools and hotels across the state of Texas to allow direct access to 911. State lawmakers passed Senate Bill 788 in 2015 known as “Kari’s Law”. The law is named after Kari Hunt, a Texas woman who was attacked in 2013 by her […]

Texas hamstrung when it comes to properly funding employee pensions

Retired state employees have gone 15 years without a cost-of-living adjustment, with no relief on the horizon next session. In an exchange with a House Appropriations Committee subcommittee today,Keith Brainard of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators said only five states address pension plans in their constitutions, and four of those provisions are related […]