DPS Offers Safety Tips Ahead of Labor Day Holiday

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages everyone to drive safely as they celebrate the unofficial end of summer over the Labor Day weekend. In an effort to reduce crashes, the Texas Highway Patrol will be increasing enforcement from Sept. 2 through Sept. 5, looking for people not wearing their seat belts, speeders, people driving while intoxicated and drivers who fail to follow the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law, among other traffic violations. “Safety […]

DPS Offers Tips and Resources Ahead of New School Year

As the new school year nears, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds drivers to use extra caution in and around school zones and neighborhoods. This includes knowing the Texas laws about driving near stopped school buses and not using cell phones when you’re behind the wheel. It also means utilizing the many safety resources available to parents, school staff and students. “Heading back to school is such an exciting time and we all […]

DPS Honors Fallen Officers at Peace Officers Memorial Service

  AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) remembered those lost in the line of duty throughout the department’s history at the 2022 Peace Officers Memorial Service today. Those honored included Sgt. Paul Mooney, Special Agent Dustin Slovacek, and Special Agent Anthony “AC” Salas. The ceremony was held at DPS Headquarters in Austin, with Public Safety Commission Chairman Steven P. Mach as the guest speaker.  “The word ‘hero’ is often used in our society, but these […]

DPS Encourages Safe Driving for the Holidays

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging everyone to end 2021 safely as they head out on the road for the holidays. The Texas Highway Patrol will conduct its annual Christmas and New Year’s holiday traffic enforcement campaigns beginning Dec. 23, looking for people who are speeding, not wearing their seat belts, driving while intoxicated or committing other traffic violations. “It’s always nice to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, but please […]

DPS Urges Children, Drivers to Learn Safe Habits During National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 18-22 and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to remind the public that they play an important role in ensuring the school buses make it to their destinations safely each day. “School buses are the safest mode of travel for children to get to school, and drivers need to do simple but crucial things, such as not passing a school bus or paying attention when […]

DPS Recognizes Lifesaving Actions, Awards Purple Heart

The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) along with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented one Purple Heart and eight Lifesaving Awards to members of the Texas Highway Patrol at the PSC meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the DPS Headquarters in Austin. “The Texas Highway Patrol has highly-trained, outstanding men and women who embody the DPS motto of courtesy, service, protection, while doing extraordinary things on a daily basis,” McCraw said. “I’m proud to recognize […]

DPS to Increase Enforcement for the Holidays

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced today its annual Christmas and New Year’s holiday traffic enforcement campaigns will kick off on Wednesday, Dec. 23. DPS is reminding drivers to celebrate the holiday season responsibly by practicing safe driving habits and obeying all traffic laws. “Another year is drawing to a close, and while there are many reasons to celebrate, we must all remember to do so responsibly to help keep our roadways safe,” […]

Three Promoted to Leadership Positions Within DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently announced the promotion of three employees to leadership positions. The promotions include Brady Mills and Michelle Farris to newly-created chief positions — Chief of the Crime Laboratory Division and Chief of the Crime Records Division, respectively — and Ron Zilkha to Assistant Chief of Innovation and Application Services within the Information Technology Division. The promotions were approved at the December meeting of the Public Safety Commission (PSC). […]

DPS Graduates Three New Canine Handlers

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) graduated three Troopers and two canines from a nine-week training program on Friday, Dec. 11. These canine teams will join 49 other DPS Detection Teams throughout Texas, within the Texas Highway Patrol Division. “Each of our canine teams completes rigorous training to prepare them for their roles in helping interdict criminals and take narcotics off our streets,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “These canine teams excelled in their […]

Saturday Appointments Still Available at Driver License Offices

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that Saturday appointments remain available at many driver license (DL) offices across the state. Saturday appointments are specifically for customers to renew or replace Texas driver licenses (DLs), identification (ID) cards and Election Identification Certificates (EICs). Saturday appointments at participating offices will be offered through Dec. 19, with the exception of Nov. 28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 […]