Department of Public Safety http://tpr.org en Six Driving-Related Law Changes You Need To Know For Labor Day Weekend http://tpr.org/post/six-driving-related-law-changes-you-need-know-labor-day-weekend <p>If you are about to head out of town for one last time this summer, or are just going to stick around the city on the long weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants you to know there have been some changes made to road-related laws that take effect Sept. 1.</p><p>While there is a chance that your <em>naiveté</em> on a few of these matters may get you off with a friendly warning, some of these infractions could cost you some serious money.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:50:05 +0000 Chris Eudaily 17630 at http://tpr.org Six Driving-Related Law Changes You Need To Know For Labor Day Weekend DPS Begins Increased DWI Patrols, Continues Over Labor Day Weekend http://tpr.org/post/dps-begins-increased-dwi-patrols-continues-over-labor-day-weekend <p>Starting Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety is stepping up DWI patrols and the enhanced enforcement period will last through Sept. 9, which includes Labor Day weekend.</p><p>The DPS said troopers will focus patrols in high-risk areas for alcohol-related crashes.</p><p>Last year DPS troopers made 1,879 DWI arrests and the agency said about 500 of those were the direct result of the increased Labor Day patrols. Also last year, DPS gave out 24,779 speeding citations, 3,890 seat belt and child safety seat citations and issued more than 4,000 tickets to drivers without insurance.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:22:22 +0000 Crystal Chavez 16967 at http://tpr.org DPS Begins Increased DWI Patrols, Continues Over Labor Day Weekend Texas Auto Theft Prevention Experts Meeting In San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/texas-auto-theft-prevention-experts-meeting-san-antonio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s top auto theft detectives are meeting in San Antonio this week and have a list of tips for owners of certain vehicles.</span></p><p>Lt. Paul&nbsp;Heitzmann&nbsp;of the San Antonio Police Department said auto theft is a sophisticated operation these days. Thieves also are looking inside your vehicle for paperwork that can give them a chance to steal your identify.</p><p>"Auto crime is now an organized criminal activity. It is no longer just a crime of opportunity," he said.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:53:21 +0000 Eileen Pace 13698 at http://tpr.org Texas Auto Theft Prevention Experts Meeting In San Antonio Like Sex-Offender Registry, Dangerous Chemicals Website Would Pinpoint Plants http://tpr.org/post/sex-offender-registry-dangerous-chemicals-website-would-pinpoint-plants <p><a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=79" target="_blank">Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso</a>, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, has asked that the State Marshall’s Office and Department of Public Safety work together to compile a website where people can identify dangerous chemical sites.</p><p>Col. Steve McCraw, who is with the Department of Public Safety, said currently there are 129 chemical plants in Texas that house dangerous chemicals, two just like the one in West.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:19:47 +0000 Ryan Poppe 13322 at http://tpr.org Like Sex-Offender Registry, Dangerous Chemicals Website Would Pinpoint Plants Whose Job Is It To Oversee Plants Like The One In West, Texas? http://tpr.org/post/whose-job-it-oversee-plants-one-west-texas <p>Texas Matters: With the investigation into the West fertilizer plant explosion ongoing, the House Homeland Security &amp; Public Safety Committee held a hearing to clarify who is responsible for reviewing these kinds of facilities. Also on this show: The chances that Ted Cruz makes a presidential run and the future of high-stakes testing in Texas.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 18:53:58 +0000 David Martin Davies 10768 at http://tpr.org Whose Job Is It To Oversee Plants Like The One In West, Texas? Why Do People Drive Distracted When They Know It's Dangerous? http://tpr.org/post/why-do-people-drive-distracted-when-they-know-its-dangerous <p>USAA has teamed up with Texas A&amp;M to find out why people take their eyes off the road when they don’t have to.</p><p>The cooperative survey is an attitudinal study designed to learn what behaviors distract drivers, and why they continue to engage in distracted driving even when they know it’s dangerous.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:47:18 +0000 Eileen Pace 5747 at http://tpr.org Why Do People Drive Distracted When They Know It's Dangerous? Driver's License Mega Center May Reduce Wait Times http://tpr.org/post/drivers-license-mega-center-may-reduce-wait-times <p>Most of us have had or know someone who’s had the experience of standing in a long line – sometimes up to two hours – to apply for a new driver’s license or take a new photo.</p><p>Now, officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety are promising shorter lines for those and other services at their new "Mega Center" in Leon Valley, which opened on Friday, January 18.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:43:15 +0000 Eileen Pace 4991 at http://tpr.org Driver's License Mega Center May Reduce Wait Times