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DPS Officials Urge Careful Driving This Labor Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety officials hope for another fatality free Labor Day travel weekend this year.


South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota Agencies Plan Tri-State DUI Enforcement Campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is among several law enforcement agencies in three states participating in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For September
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during September.


Names Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in a two-vehicle head-on fatal crash that occurred Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90, three miles east of Alexandria, S.D.

Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – Four people died in a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90, three miles east of Alexandria, S.D.


Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – A Rapid City man, identified as Scott Brost, 42, died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near the Angustora Reservoir.


Disaster Declaration Applicant Briefings Scheduled For Next Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Briefings will be held next week for agencies seeking funding for public infrastructure damage done during South Dakota storms that occurred between June 17 and 24.


Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol Plan 3rd Annual Joint Powwow Enforcement Operation
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will again work with the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in a joint enforcement operation during the Dakota Nation powwow this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 14-16.


Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. – Joel Mecikalski, 51, Hortonville, WI, has been identified as the victim in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Saturday afternoon on Interstate 90, two miles west of the South Dakota-Minnesota state line.

Sunday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 205 to 6 a.m. Sunday, August 9,2015. (Final Daily Tally for Sturgis Rally)


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. – One man died and three other people were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon on Interstate 90, two miles west of the South Dakota-Minnesota state line.

Saturday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 205 to 6 a.m. Saturday, August 8,2015


Friday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to 6 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2015


Highway Patrol Trooper Application Deadline Aug. 14
PIERRE, S.D. – There is still time to apply for trooper positions with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Thursday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to 6 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2015


Wednesday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 5, 2015


Tuesday Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 to 6 a.m., Tuesday, August 4


Monday Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Statistics and accident details are 6 a.m. Sunday, August 2, 2015 through 6 a.m. Monday August 3, 2015


Sunday Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Statistics as of 6 a.m. Sunday August 2, 2015


Revised Saturday Highway Patrol Sturgis Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (Revised to designate only ONE fatality crash)


Friday's Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics from 6 a.m., Tuesday, July 28 to 6 a.m., Friday, July 31


Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved For June Storms
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Thursday that 12 South Dakota counties and three tribes will receive funding assistance to help recover from June storms that did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For August
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during the month of August.


Motorists Urged To Be Patient, Cooperative As 75th Annual Sturgis Rally Begins
STURGIS, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials are urging drivers and bikers to show patience and cooperation on the roads as the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally nears.


Highway Patrol Thanks Public for Assistance in Person of Interest Case
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials are thanking the public and the media for their assistance in apprehending a person of interest.


Highway Patrol Continues Search For Person of Interest
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to search for a person of interest who is a suspect in several possible stolen vehicles.


Highway Patrol Seeks Person of Interest
HARTFORD. – On July 22, the South Dakota Highway Patrol recovered a stolen vehicle near Hartford.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For June Storms
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from June storms that did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property.

Walworth County Fatal Crash
SELBY – A Glenview, IL., motorcycle rider, identified as Irwin Lyons, died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash four miles west of Selby.


Highway Patrol Begins Women’s Recruiting Sessions
PIERRE, S.D. – An effort to encourage more women to join its ranks has been started by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


McCook County Fatal Crash
BRIDGEWATER, S.D. -- An Emery, S.D., man, identified as Ronald Triebwasser, was killed in a one-vehicle accident that occurred Friday afternoon near Bridgewater.

Names Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. -- The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a Parkston man who was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon two miles north of Parkston.


Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. -- A Parkston man, 52, was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon two miles north of Parkston.


Ribbon Cutting Held for New Highway Patrol Office in Rapid City
A new era for the South Dakota Highway Patrol was ushered in Thursday morning with the opening of a new district office in Rapid City.


Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Corsica, S.D., man, identified as Kevin Gardeman, 62, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday afternoon near Mitchell.

Third Fatality in Moody County Crash (Updated)
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A third person has died from injuries sustained Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred southeast of Flandreau.

Highway Safety Official: 16 fatalities in 14 days
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Safety officials are again reminding motorists to be careful in the wake of 16 fatalities that have occurred on South Dakota roads since July 1.


Highway Patrol Releases Numbers from June Sobriety Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers arrested 55 people for DUI during 94 checkpoints and saturation patrols held statewide during June.

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – An adult and a juvenile were killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred southeast of Flandreau.


Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Two Yankton residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon five miles west of Yankton.


Highway Patrol Releases Victim’s Name in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has now released the name of a Dell Rapids man who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Baltic.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash (Friday Afternoon)
BALTIC, S.D. -- A Dell Rapids man, 89, died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Baltic.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Marion, S.D., man, identified as Roger Waltner, 60, was killed Thursday afternoon in a motorcycle-passenger car crash that occurred 11 miles west of Sioux Falls.


Gov. Daugaard Requests FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment of Storm Damage In South Dakota Counties
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that FEMA join state and local teams for a preliminary assessment of damage done to public property during storms that occurred statewide June 17-24.


Lincoln County Fatal Crash
LENNOX, S.D. -- A Lennox, S.D., man, identified as Roger Almond, 62, died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon near Lennox.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- A Spearfish woman, identified as Megan Kellogg, 29, was killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Spearfish.


Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- Names now have been released of those involved in Friday afternoon's two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Interstate 29, two miles south of the Baltic exit.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. -- An Arlington, S.D. woman, identified as Barbara Hudy, 71, died in a one-vehicle crash Friday night in Arlington.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- A Brookings, S.D., man, 60, died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29, 2 miles south of the Baltic exit.


South Dakota to Participate in National “See Something, Say Something” campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – As part of a national anti-terrorism effort, South Dakotans are being encouraged to become involved in protecting their community by reporting suspicious activity.


Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for July
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in 17 counties during July.

Changes to Commercial Driver Licensing Regulations Begin Wednesday
PIERRE, S.D. – Several changes in South Dakota Commercial Driver Licensing (CDL) regulations become law Wednesday, July 1.


Process In Place For Name Change Requests For South Dakota Driver Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. – Effective today, same-sex married couples can get their names changed on their South Dakota driver licenses.


Miner County Fatal Crash
HOWARD, S.D. -- A Howard, S.D., man, identified as Bradley Neises, 51, died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Howard.


Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- A Lake Norden man, identified as Jeffrey McCray, died in a two-vehicle accident that happened Friday afternoon in Watertown.


Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, identified as Jeremy Langley, 33, was killed in a motorcycle crash that happened Friday afternoon near Flandreau.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Maryland man, identified as Lonnie Manuel, Jr., was killed in a motorcycle/semi-truck crash that occurred Friday morning near Beresford.

Fire Marshal Urges Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – While there has been more rain in most of South Dakota this summer, state Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says the public still needs to be safe discharging legal fireworks this July Fourth holiday.

Davison County Fatal Crash (Names Added)
MITCHELL, S.D. – Names have now officially been released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol regarding a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning two miles west of Mitchell.


Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 14-year-old Mitchell male died Thursday in a one vehicle fatal crash two miles west of Mitchell.

Roberts County Fatal Vehicle Fire
SUMMIT, S.D. – A Veblen woman has died as a result of injuries suffered in a vehicle fire earlier this month four miles south of Summit.


Fees for some driver license applications to increase July 1
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakotans will see an increase in driver license application fees starting July 1.


Highway Patrol’s Youth Trooper Academy Being Held in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens this week is learning what it is like to train as an actual recruit to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


South Dakota State Fire School This Weekend in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – An estimated 400 South Dakota firefighters are expected to attend the annual state Fire School being held this weekend in Pierre.


Sioux Falls Woman Receives Life Saving Award
PIERRE, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman, who pulled an injured driver away from a burning vehicle, has received the highest civilian award presented by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


Highway Patrol Trooper Olson Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
PIERRE, S.D. – Trooper Josh Olson, a 13-year veteran of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, has been named as the South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Kennewick, WA man, identified as Donald Restad, died Thursday in a motorcycle crash 15 miles south of Lead.