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Sobriety Checkpoints Announced For March
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has announced its sobriety checkpoint schedule for March.


Schedule Changes Announced For North Sioux City, Vermillion Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. – Schedule changes take place Wednesday, March 1, for the Vermillion and North Sioux City driver exam stations.

Highway Patrol to Host 3rd Annual Women’s Recruiting Seminars
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is again hosting what has become a successful effort in recruiting more female troopers.


Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – A 52-year-old Stockholm, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.


South Dakota’s Vehicle Fatality Rate Again Among Lowest in Nation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota had the nation’s fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization.


Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – One man died and another man was injured Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.


State 9-1-1 Board Votes to Withhold Payment to Vendor
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 9-1-1 Coordination Board voted Thursday to withhold payment to the vendor who has been hired to upgrade the state’s 9-1-1 emergency communications system.


Highway Safety to Promote Designated Drivers During Super Bowl
PIERRE, S.D. – Amid all of the football terms that will be thrown out Super Bowl Sunday, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety plans to remind fans of another important piece of terminology: Designated Driver.


Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says 24 South Dakota counties and two tribes may receive federal funding assistance to help recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.


February Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty sobriety checkpoints are scheduled to be held during the month of February by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


Spink County Fatal Crash (Jan. 2, 2017)
ASHTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen man has died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Jan. 2, 2017 north of Ashton.


Names Released in McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – Gabriel Ramirez, 26, of Freeman, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning near Canistota.

Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – An 87-year-old Platte woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.


Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.

McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning near Canistota.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.


Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Storm Lake, Iowa man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday in Sioux Falls.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning in Sioux Falls.


Gov. Daugaard Requests FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment for Christmas Day Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested FEMA join state and local officials in a review of damage done to public property in 24 counties and on four tribal reservations during the recent Christmas Day storm.


2016 Traffic Fatalities Near Record Low Lack of Seatbelt Use Significant Cause in Most Deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 115 traffic fatalities in 2016 are expected to be the lowest since 2011 and second lowest since 1960.

Name Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Grand Island, NE man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.


Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.


Highway Patrol announces January Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to ring in the first month of 2017 with another group of sobriety checkpoints.


Gov. Daugaard Declares State of Emergency Following Winter Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency for all of South Dakota following a Christmas Day storm that resulted in stranded motorists and electrical power outages.


Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Hermosa.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON , S.D. – A Valley Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON , S.D. – A 24-year-old man died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon.

State Officials Urge Caution with Holiday Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Those traveling for Christmas are being urged to prepare for a holiday storm that could produce both rain and snow in parts of South Dakota.


Turner County Fatal Crash
DAVIS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, 73, has died from injuries received in a Nov. 30, 2016 two-vehicle crash east of Davis.


DPS Officials: Be Safe During Holidays
PIERRE, S.D. – Whether celebrating the holiday season at home or traveling somewhere, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety encourages people to be safe.


DOT To Make Watertown Intersection Four-Way Stop
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Transportation is converting the intersection at US Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE in Watertown from a two-way stop control to an all-way (four-way) stop.


Government Entities Set Information Release Policy
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and several local governmental entities statewide have implemented a three-day information release policy designed to meet the requirements of a new amendment to the South Dakota Constitution.


Highway Patrol Cracking Down on Seatbelt Violators
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has reinforced its efforts to encourage more motorists to wear their seatbelts.


Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person was killed and another person injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning north of Yankton.


Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for December
PIERRE, S.D. – Along with everything else that is part of the holidays, the South Dakota Highway Patrol will spend time in December reminding people not to mix too much celebration with driving.


Passage of Marsy’s Law to Impact DPS Dissemination of Information
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety say a recently passed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution will limit the type of information that can be made available to the public, media and other professions.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person was killed and two others injured in a two-vehicle crash early Monday afternoon east of Yankton.