State Troopers to begin patrolling St. Louis interstates, freeing up police for violent crime

MHP patrolling interstates

Missouri Highway Patrol troopers will soon be patrolling interstates in St. Louis as part of a 90-day pilot program to free up city police officers to focus on violent crime.  Between 20 and 30 troopers will be assigned to the special detail, which will focus on the stretches of Interstates 55 and 70 that fall within the city limits, said Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Juston Wheetley.  About eight troopers will be on each shift.  The troopers also will be available to back up city police officers if they’re ever in need of assistance, but their primary focus will be traffic enforcement, Wheetley said.  “There’s a lot of violent crime in that area, and we will be aggressively enforcing all traffic and hazardous movement to free up city officers to focus on the violent crime in those areas,” he said.  “We’re really looking forward to partnering with the city and assisting them in any role that we can.”  Troopers were originally scheduled to begin patrolling the interstates this week, but the plan was postponed as leaders continue to “work out some details,” Wheetley said.  Troopers are now set to begin patrolling in the city in early July, he said.

6/20/17

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California Highway Patrol officer rescues baby deer

CHP saves deer

A California highway patrol officer came to the rescue of a baby deer stuck in a freeway drain during a thunderstorm.  California Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Fisher says he was driving on Interstate 80 near Truckee Monday when he spotted the fawn sticking its little head out of rushing water.  Fisher says he freed the deer's left back leg from the drainage ditch, placed it on the side of the road and waited for its mother to show up.  When the mother did not show, Fisher wrapped the fawn in his sergeant's jacket, put it in his patrol car and drove it to a veterinary.  A veterinarian treated the deer for water in her lungs and hypothermia.  Fisher says the deer, named "Star," is doing well and will be taken to an animal sanctuary in Lake Tahoe.

6/21/17

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State Patrol to target left lane "campers"

WSP Left Lane

Washington State Patrol announced (WSP) troopers will be conducting a “statewide focus of effort” to address left lane violators on multiple lane roadways between June 20th and 22nd.  According to a recent announcement, this is in response to numerous requests WSP has received about left lane “campers” throughout Washington.  RCW 46.61.100 requires all vehicles to keep right except when passing on multiple lane roadways.  Left lane “campers” refers to drivers who remain in the passing lane (left lane) for long periods of time without passing.  The WSP said in their announcement left lane camping can lead to road rage, aggressive driving, traffic congestion, and collisions.  Getting caught camping in the left lane can result in a $136 ticket.  Last year, the WSP reports they contacted 16,453 left lane violators.

6/20/17

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State Patrol to set up OVI checkpoints

OSHP OVI Checkpoints

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will once again be cracking down on intoxicated drivers this summer by using checkpoints and having more troopers on the road.  Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the state patrol’s Springfield Post, said his office is working on setting up OVI checkpoints over the summer and will also have troopers working overtime to stop dangerous drivers.  “We are trying to keep people who are impaired off the roadway so they don’t kill people who hurt somebody,” Aller said.  He said his office is committed to the safety of the roadways, and an intoxicated driver threatens everyone.  “We will have an influx of units who work traffic on overtime, and they look for impaired drivers and other criminal activity,” he said.  The Marysville post will be setting up OVI checkpoints soon, Lt. Molly Harris said.  She said she notices an increase in impaired driving during the summer months.  “I think if you think about your own cookouts and hanging out with friends most of those are usually held in the summer,” she said.  “Bon fires and different functions.”  She said in her area, Indian Lake is a popular attraction this time of year and can be good fun for all.  But it is important that everyone acts responsibly when its time to go home.  Checkpoints and increased patrols will hopefully remind drivers that putting their life and the lives of others at risk is not OK.  “We want to make sure we are visible and people know we are out here,” she said.  Wearing seat belts and being a cautious driver is also important safety tips that Ohioans should follow this summer, Harris said.

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Texas DPS graduates 122 new Highway Patrol Troopers

DPS graduates 122 new troopers June 2017

The Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw was joined by members of the Texas Public Safety Commission, including PSC Chairman Steven P. Mach, Friday as the department commissioned 122 men and women as the state’s newest Highway Patrol Troopers.  “It takes a special kind of person to be willing to sacrifice their safety in order to protect others from danger,” Chairman Mach says, “in joining DPS, you have declared to the world that you intend to live a life of purpose serving and protecting the people of the great State of Texas.  We are extremely fortunate for your dedication to duty and are proud of each and every one of you – our newest Texas State Troopers.”  The A-2017 class, which is the department’s 159th training class, included 15 women, 12 former peace officers, and 48 military veterans.  The oldest graduate is 49-years-old and the youngest is 21-years-old.  The class also included a Trooper whose father, a Highway Patrol Sergeant, died in the line of duty in 2015.  It was also the first known time two sisters graduated in the same class.  “These 122 graduates will join their fellow DPS Troopers as the a first line of defense against a wide variety of threats in the communities they serve,” says Director McCraw,“we are counting on you to help make your communities safer, and to uphold the tradition and standards of the Texas Highway Patrol.”  The new Troopers will report to duty stations across Texas in the coming weeks and spend the first six months in on-the-job training.  The Troopers began the 23-week training academy in January of 2017.  Instruction covered more than 100 subjects, including counterterrorism, traffic, and criminal law, arrest and control procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid and Spanish. They also received training in use of force, communication skills, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness.

6/19/17

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