Alabama Department of Public Safety

Governor-Security Costs
3:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Governor's Security Officer Makes Lots Of OT

Questions over overtime arise after the head of Gov. Robert Bentley's security detail made nearly $17,000 in August.
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The head of Gov. Robert Bentley's security detail made $16,918 in August including overtime.

Al.com reports the August income pushed Wendell Ray Lewis' salary, including overtime, so far this fiscal year to $153,000. That's with one month to go in the fiscal year. Lewis' salary is almost $50,000 more than the head of the state Department of Public Safety made in the same period.

Al.com reports that during the last four years on Bentley's security detail, Lewis has made $563,000, or an average of nearly $141,000 per year.

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Labor Day Traffic Crashes
4:04 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

6 People Die In Crashes During Labor Day Period

The Alabama Department of Public Safety said state troopers investigated fatal crashes in Mobile, Elmore and Lauderdale counties.
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State officials say six people died in traffic accidents over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety said state troopers investigated fatal crashes in Mobile, Elmore and Lauderdale counties.

Authorities consider the holiday travel period as 12:01 a.m. Friday to midnight Monday.

Sgt. Steve Jarrett says a preliminary investigation has shown that seat belts were available to three people who died in crashes, but only one victim was using one during a crash. Jarrett says the other three victims were riding bicycles and an ATV.

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Public Safety Changes
4:04 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Changes At Alabama's Public Safety Department

John Richardson has been named as the Acting Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

Alabama Public Safety Director Hugh McCall has retired after more than 30 years in state law enforcement.

McCall's retirement was effective Monday. A spokeswoman for the governor says he's named John Richardson to fill-in as director until the Department of Public Safety merges into the new Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in January. Richardson has been serving as assistant director of the law enforcement division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Driver License Closure
5:07 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Alabama Driver Licenses Offline In Late April

Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April.

Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety says it has to convert a database to comply with federal regulations. All systems, including online services, will be shut down from 5 p.m. Friday, April 25 until 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.

The closure will also affect probate judges' offices, license commissioners' offices and other agencies that involve Alabama driver license transactions or reviews. Motor vehicle records and accident reports will also be offline.

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Arts & Life
5:05 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ala. Troopers: 9 Dead In Wrecks Linked To Weather

State troopers say nine people died in traffic accidents linked to this week's winter storm in Alabama.
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State troopers say nine people died in traffic accidents linked to this week's winter storm in Alabama.

The Department of Public Safety says fatal wrecks happened in six counties: Bullock, Chilton, DeKalb, Elmore, Perry and Tuscaloosa.

Troopers say additional deaths could be added to the storm total once additional wrecks are investigated.

Police say hundreds of wrecks occurred statewide during the storm, which struck Tuesday.

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Alabama Traffic Deaths
3:39 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Belts Not Used In Majority Of Ala. Traffic Deaths

More than half of the people killed so far this year in traffic accidents on Alabama highways were not wearing seat belts when they were available.
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More than half of the people killed so far this year in traffic accidents on Alabama highways were not wearing seat belts when they were available.

The state Department of Public Safety reports 367 traffic deaths through September. The department says 302 of the fatalities were in vehicles equipped with seat belts, and 178 of them were not using the seat belts.

That's on par with 2012, when 59 percent of the people killed in traffic accidents were not wearing seat belts.

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Labor Day Crashes
4:43 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

6 Killed On Ala. Highways During Labor Day Weekend

Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say six people were killed in car crashes during Labor Day weekend.
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Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say six people were killed in car crashes during Labor Day weekend.

Department spokeswoman Robyn Litchfield says state troopers investigated five accidents that left six people dead between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight on Monday.

Litchfield says the accidents happened in Blount, Chambers, DeKalb, Limestone and Marengo counties.

Officials say alcohol factored into at least one of the five crashes.

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Labor Day Travel
8:26 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Extra State Troopers, Heavy Traffic for Holiday

Alabama's Department of Public Saftey says state troopers will be out in force for the labor day holiday weekend.
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Alabama Department of Public Safety says motorists can expect to see extra state troopers on the roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

   It's part of the national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The extra officers will be out from the beginning of the holiday travel period at 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday.

   Eleven people died in highway accidents during the 2012 Labor Day weekend in Alabama.

Alabama Traffic Deaths
4:39 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

4 Killed In Ala. Fourth Of July Weekend Crashes

Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say four people were killed in crashes during the Fourth of July travel period.
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Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say four people were killed in crashes during the Fourth of July travel period.

The holiday travel period began at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ended at midnight on Sunday. State patrol officials say they investigated 434 traffic crashes, which resulted in 154 injuries.

The four traffic fatalities don't include traffic accidents that were investigated by other law enforcement agencies. Officials say they're unsure of whether alcohol was linked to any of the crashes and seatbelts were used in one of the four deadly accidents.

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Politics & Government
7:37 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Extra Alabama Law Enforcement During Holiday

Alabama state troopers are stepping up patrols this July 4th holiday.
dailyhome.com

State troopers and local law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.

   Sixty-nine police and sheriff's departments are joining with the state troopers to target drunken drivers and other violators by conducting sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols. Funding from the extra patrols comes from grants awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the state Department of Transportation.