south dakota highway patrol

SD Highway Patrol Announces Sobriety Checkpoints For March

PIERRE, S.D. –  South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has announced its sobriety checkpoint schedule for March. A total of 23 checkpoints are planned in 18 counties. The Highway Patrol conducts the checkpoints as a way  to discourage people from drinking and then driving. March checkpoints are planned for the counties of: Brookings Brown Butte Charles Mix Clay Codington Fall River Hughes…

SD Highway Patrol Hosting 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. Four Women’s Recruiting Seminars are scheduled statewide in the next few weeks. The seminars, now in their third year, are designed to provide more information for women who are interested in joining the Highway Patrol. Currently the Highway Patrol has…

Driver Not Wearing Seatbelt Dies in Morning Crash

A pickup crossed the center line, hitting another truck

CODINGTON COUNTY, S.D. – A man could face charges after another man died in a car crash Thursday morning. It happened just east of South Shore on Highway 20 in Codington County before 10 a.m.  A Chevy pickup truck was westbound on the highway when it crossed the center line and collided with a Ford pickup truck heading east. According…

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. The office plans to broadcast two commercials during the game. Both will depict fans at parties having a good time; some having too much…

Man Who Shot Trooper Pleads Guilty, But Mentally Ill

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) – A rural Kimball man accused of shooting a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper two years ago has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to three counts of aggravated assault. The Daily Republic reports 44-year-old Donald London entered his plea Wednesday during a hearing at the Charles Mix County Courthouse in Lake Andes. London initially pleaded not…

Daugaard Discusses Meth Epidemic, IM 22 In Sioux Falls

  Following his State of the State address in Pierre earlier in January, Governor Dennis Daugaard was in Sioux Falls Monday afternoon discussing the address with members of the Sioux Falls Rotary Club. Amazon collecting sales tax within the state and agriculture were discussed along with more in depth discussions about how the state is going to combat the meth…

Man Accused Of Shooting Patrol Trooper Set To Change Plea

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A Kimball man accused of shooting a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper two years ago is expected to plead guilty but mentally ill. Trial was to start Tuesday for 44-year-old Donald London, but The Daily Republic newspaper reports it’s been canceled in anticipation of London’s new plea. London earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity…

2016 Traffic Fatalities Down, Not Wearing Seat Belts Lead Cause

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says fewer people are dying on South Dakota roadways. Even though the number of traffic fatalities reached one hundred and fifteen last year, it’s down compared to 2015 and the highway patrol says… it can be even lower by doing just one thing. “Even though 2016 was a better a better year, we can call…