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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in September in the following counties: Brookings, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Davison, Jerauld, Lake, Lyman, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts and Turner.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Wisconsin woman died from injuries sustained in an Aug. 17 motorcycle crash on Nemo Rd., six miles southeast of Nemo.


Marshall County Fatal Crash
LAKE CITY, S.D. – A Britton, S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash on Tuesday, Aug., 26, one mile west of Lake City.


McCook County Fatal Crash
CANOVA, S.D. – A Spencer S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash, three miles south of Canova early Sunday morning.


Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man died in a two vehicle crash one mile west of Rapid City on S.D. Highway 44 on Saturday, Aug. 23.


Gerber Leaving Driver Licensing Program after 23 Years
Cindy Gerber is leaving state government after 23 years with the Driver Licensing Program, including the last 17 as director, Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced today.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash with a Pedestrian
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A pedestrian from Lead, S.D., was struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing U.S. Highway 14A near a convenience store in Deadwood.


Brown County Fatal Crash
FERNEY, S.D. – An Oregon man died in a one vehicle rollover crash one mile north of Ferney, on S.D. Highway 37.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A Custer, S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash 14 miles south of Deadwood, on U.S. Highway 385, Tuesday, Aug. 12.


Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol Plan 2nd Joint Powwow Enforcement Operation
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has invited the South Dakota Highway Patrol back for a second year to work with tribal officers in a joint enforcement operation during the Dakota Nation powwow Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17.


Pennington County Fatal Crash
KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Keystone man died in a one vehicle rollover crash in Keystone on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Sunday August 10, 2014 *Final Release*


Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – A 7-year-old child died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 25 south of Scotland on Friday, Aug. 8.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Saturday August 09, 2014


Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Friday August 08, 2014.


Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6 a.m. Thursday August 07, 2014


Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A Plymouth, Mass., man died in a motorcycle crash on S.D. Highway 87, two miles north of the U.S. Highway 385 intersection on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday August 06, 2014

Meade County Fatal Crash
FAITH, S.D. – A teen boy from Faith died in a one vehicle rollover crash one mile south of Faith on S.D. Highway 73 early Wednesday morning, Aug. 6.


Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Pender, Neb., man died in a car and motorcycle crash near Pine Drive on Nemo Road east of Nemo, S.D., on Monday, Aug. 4.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday August 05, 2014


Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics through 6:00 a.m., Monday August 04, 2014


Corson County Fatal Crash
Two people died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S Highway 12 at the entrance to the Grand River Casino west of Mobridge on Saturday, Aug. 2

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information, August 3, 2014
Below are the statistics as of 06:00 a.m. Sunday August 03, 2014


Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Nebraska man died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 44 near Farmingdale on Friday, Aug. 1.


Motorists, Bikers Urged to Share Road as Sturgis Rally Begins
STURGIS, S.D. – As the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally nears, the South Dakota Highway Patrol is reminding drivers and bikers to share the road, especially in the heavy traffic expected in the Black Hills area.


State Troopers Join Coast-to-Coast I-90/94 Safety Challenge
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is joining law enforcement agencies from 14 other states in a four-day, coast-to-coast, high-visibility enforcement campaign focused on Interstates 90 and 94 beginning Friday.


Meade County Fatal Crash
A Colorado man died in a one-vehicle crash on the New Underwood Road about 14 miles south of S.D. Highway 34 on Sunday, July 27.

SBA Disaster Loan Centers in South Dakota to Close This Week
Small Business Administration outreach centers set up to help victims of flooding and tornadoes will close this week in three South Dakota cities.

Disaster Declaration Approved for June Flooding, Tornadoes
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that 12 South Dakota counties, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, will receive federal financial help to recover from a series of June storms that produced damaging tornadoes and flooding.


Butte County Fatal Crash
A Belle Fourche man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Wood Road in Belle Fourche on Saturday, July 19.

Clay County Fatal Crash
A Volin, S.D., woman died in a one vehicle crash on 455th Avenue a mile north of Wakonda on Sunday, July 20.


Gov. Daugaard Seeks Disaster Declaration for Tornadoes, Flooding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from tornadoes and flooding produced by severe storms during the period June 13-20.


Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Sioux Falls woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 229 near the interchange with Interstate 29 on Wednesday, July 16.

Brown County Fatal Crash
An Aberdeen, S.D, man died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 about two miles east of Mina on Thursday, July 17.


Governor Daugaard Urges Flood, Tornado Victims to Contact SBA
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today urged South Dakotans whose homes or businesses suffered tornado or flood damage to take advantage of low-interest disaster loans available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Emergency Dispatch Services Consolidating in Central South Dakota
Effective Wednesday, July 16, the City of Pierre and State Department of Public Safety are consolidating emergency and law enforcement dispatch services in central South Dakota into a single operation run by the city.


Fall River County Fatal Crash
An Oelrichs man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 two miles north of the Nebraska border on Monday, July 14.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
A Texas man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 about five miles south of Deadwood on Saturday, July 12.


Gov. Daugaard Seeks SBA Help for Flooding, Tornado Victims
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today asked the Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster assistance to help South Dakotans recover from damages caused by flooding and tornadoes during a series of June storms.


FEMA Rejects State Request for Individual Assistance for June Storms
South Dakota received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected the state’s request for Individual Assistance programs to help residents impacted by tornadoes and flooding.


Jones County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City, S.D., man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 about nine miles west of Murdo on Saturday, July 5.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
A Hetland, S.D, man died in a one-vehicle crash about seven miles northwest of Arlington on Saturday, July 5, 2014.


State Seeks Preliminary Damage Assessment of Tornadoes, Flooding
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a joint preliminary damage assessment (PDA) of the cost of damages to public infrastructure from June tornadoes and flooding.

Highway Patrol Encourages Safe Driving Over Independence Day Holiday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol is encouraging travelers to make safe driving decisions over the Independence Day holiday.


Gov. Daugaard Seeks Individual Assistance for Flood, Tornado Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and flooding last month.


Yankton County Fatal Crash
Yankton, S.D. – A Yankton man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 434th Avenue and Kaiser Road about five miles west of Yankton on Monday, June 30.


Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in 14 counties in July.


Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., woman died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 18, one mile east of the Wyoming and South Dakota border near Edgemont, S.D.


Perkins County Fatal Crash
MEADOW, S.D. – A Faith, S.D., man died Thursday in a one vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Athboy Road and S.D. Highway 73 near Meadow, S.D.

Vikings’ Greenway to Help with Wessington Springs Youth Needs
Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Chad Greenway is joining the effort to help the children of Wessington Springs find some fun after the June 18 tornado destroyed homes and businesses in the community.

Highway Patrol Trains South Dakota Youth Recruits at Trooper Academy in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens trained this week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. It was co-sponsored by the American Legion.


Statewide Texting While Driving Ban Effective July 1
South Dakota’s Office of Highway Safety reminds drivers that a statewide ban on texting while driving takes effect on July 1.

New Law Makes Online Renewal of Driver License More Convenient
Online renewal of South Dakota driver licenses will be more convenient when a new law easing vision-test requirements takes effect on July 1.


Highway 34 to Close East of Howes at Noon (CDT)
State officials say Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed at noon (CDT) today (Monday, June 23) to allow crews to make temporary repairs for damage caused by heavy rains in the past several days.

Fire Marshal Urges Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
Sale of fireworks in South Dakota is legal beginning Friday, June 27, and Fire Marshal Paul Merriman reminds residents to be safe as they observe Independence Day.

Highway Patrol to Train South Dakota Youth Recruits at Trooper Academy in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens will train this week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. The week of training is co-sponsored by the American Legion.

Gov. Daugaard Seeks FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment for Homes, Businesses
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today requested that FEMA and SBA join state teams in a preliminary damage assessment of flood-related impacts to homes and businesses in three South Dakota counties because of recent heavy rains and a tornado.


Wessington Springs Establishes Volunteer Center
Officials coordinating Wessington Springs’ recovery from a June 18 tornado have established a volunteer reception center to match those offering assistance with community resident who need help.

Codington County Fatal Crash
A Watertown, S.D, man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 442nd Avenue and Medicine Lake Drive southeast of Florence on Saturday, June 21.

Highway 34 Likely to Close East of Howes on Monday
State officials say Highway 34 east of Howes likely will be closed sometime Monday, June 23, to allow crews to repair damage caused by heavy rains in the past several days.


Wessington Springs Makes Progress in Tornado Clean-up
Tornado clean-up efforts focused on clearing streets and removing debris from public property continue in the community of Wessington Springs and the surrounding Jerauld County.

Officials Warn Public To Stay Off Closed Roads
State officials are warning motorists that driving around barricades on closed sections of highways could result in a dangerous situation for drivers.


Interstate 29 Open
Interstate 29, is now open to traffic in southeastern South Dakota, state officials say.

Wessington Springs Tornado Relief Fund Established
Officials in Wessington Springs have established a relief fund and are finalizing a donation-reception center as the community works to recover from a devastating tornado Wednesday evening.


Gov. Daugaard Sends National Guard Soldiers, Other State Assets to Wessington Springs
Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered 100 soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard and many other state resources to help with recovery and clean-up from a tornado that hit Wessington Springs Wednesday evening.

Interstate 29 Closing at Noon
State officials are closing Interstate 29 in southeast South Dakota at noon today (Thursday).

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Spearfish, S.D. man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle ATV crash in the Black Hills on Sunday, June 15.


Heavy Rains Damage Roads Out West, Highway 85 Closed
State officials say heavy rains overnight in western South Dakota forced the closure of Highways 85 and 20 with water over the road in several locations.

Highway 73 Closed in Perkins County
PIERRE, S.D. – State officials have closed Highway 73 from the junction of Highway 212 to the junction of Highway 20 in Perkins County because of damage to the roadway due to flooding.

Highway 85 Re-Opened
State officials have re-opened Highway 85 in western South Dakota.


Officials Update Southeast Travel Conditions
Officials with the State Departments of Transportation and Public Safety remind commuters this morning (Tuesday) that Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls remains closed and numerous other highways in the area may be impassable because of standing or flowing water.

Interstate 29 Southbound Lanes Open for Travel
The southbound lanes of Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls are open for travel effective immediately, state officials announced.

Interstate 29 Northbound Lanes Open for Travel
The northbound lanes of Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls are open for travel effective immediately, state officials announced.

Governor Opens Emergency Operations Center for Flood Response
Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency and opened the State Emergency Operations Center early Tuesday morning to respond to severe flooding caused by torrential rains in southeast South Dakota.

Officials Urge Union County Residents to Take Steps Against Flooding
With the Big Sioux River forecast to crest on Friday night at a record level, local and state officials warn residents in southern Union County to take steps to protect themselves and their property.


South Dakota and Minnesota Troopers Conduct Joint I-90 Safety Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – State Troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota made 385 arrests and issued 1,004 warnings during a joint enforcement operation Thursday, June, 12, on Interstate 90 between the Wyoming and Minnesota borders.

Flash Flooding Hampers Travel along I-29 South of Sioux Falls
State officials are advising no travel on Interstate 29 and other highways in the area south of Sioux Falls because of flash flooding and limited visibility caused by a severe storm moving through the area Monday evening.

Interstate 29 Closed to Travel South of Sioux Falls
State officials have closed Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls because of water over the road.


South Dakota, Minnesota Troopers Join in I-90 Safety Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Interstate 90 travelers in Minnesota and South Dakota will see an increased law-enforcement presence today as troopers from the two states conduct a high-visibility highway-safety operation.

Mellette County Fatal Crash
A Kansas man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 83 about eight miles north of White River on Wednesday, June 11.


Highway Patrol Trooper Spielmann is AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year
PIERRE, S.D. – Trooper Chris Spielmann of the Highway Patrol was named the South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.