DPS News Releases 1999 to Date

News Releases 2013

  • October 7, 2013 - The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety's to Release Phase II of online scheduling system
  • August 26, 2013 - Oklahoma City Driver License Testing Facility Moving to New Location
  • July 18, 2013 - Congratulations to the Graduating Class of the OHP 61st Academy
  • March 25, 2031 - The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety's New Online Scheduling System, Inline/Online

News Releases 2012

  • November 1, 2012 - "VETERAN" DRIVER LICENSE AND IDENTIFICATION CARD PRESS RELEASE- November 2012 - November 2012
  • September 6, 2012 - Pilot Testing for the New License Issuance system - September 2012
  • May 29, 2012 - The Future Looks Bright for the OHP - May 2012
  • April 30, 2012 - Technology Expedites Permit Process at DPS - April 2012

News Releases 2011

  • October 12, 2011 - Corporation Commission Assumes Responsibility for Wrecker Service Rates and Fees
  • May 6, 2011 - State Rep. Dustin Roberts assists state trooper with arrest
  • April 21, 2011 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers revive man, 71, after I-35 wreck
  • March 3, 2011 - Public safety officials sweep Route 66 to save lives
  • January 6, 2011 - Pettingill selected as Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

News Releases 2010

  • May 27, 2010 - DPS Makes Submitting DL/ID Address Changes Easier

News Releases 2009

  • June 25, 2009 - 59th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy graduates Friday
  • May 21, 2009 - DPS Offers Driver License Renewal Notices by E-mail
  • May 20, 2009 - DPS Insurance Verification System to Be Online May 22

News Releases 2008

  • June 30, 2008 - Boating Safety Reminders from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

News Releases 2007

  • August 16, 2007 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Announces "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." Mobilization
  • August 13, 2007 - July 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a significant decrease in traffic fatalities for the second month in a row.
  • July 11, 2007 - June 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a significant decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of June.
  • June 12, 2007 - May 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of May.
  • May 16, 2007 - April 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report an significant decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of April.
  • April 26, 2007 - "Trooper of the Year" and "Jerry Marx" awards for 2006
  • April 11, 2007 - March 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of March.
  • March 27, 2007 - Homeland Security Regional Response System - State officials to unveil "State-Of-The-Art" $17 million Regional Response System funded by U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants.
  • March 12, 2007 - February 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of February.
  • February 14, 2007 - January 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last nine months.
  • January 11, 2007 - December 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last eights months of the year.

News Releases 2006

  • December 29, 2006 - New Year Holiday - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is urging motorists to take heed over the New Year holiday.
  • December 22, 2006 - Christmas and New Year Holidays - Seventeen people were killed on Oklahoma's highways during the Christmas and New Year holidays last year.
  • December 14, 2006 - Life Saver Weekend - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will participate in a national campaign to reduce accidents this weekend.
  • December 13, 2006 - November 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last seven months.
  • December 11, 2006 - Your number is up! - We're not talking the lottery but your driver license number.
  • November 21, 2006 - 2006 Thanksgiving Holiday - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will again participate in a nationwide traffic enforcement campaign titled "Operation C.A.R.E." - Combined Accident Reduction Effort.
  • November 16, 2006 - I-40 C.A.R.E. Across America - Eight State Police agencies will combine enforcement efforts along Interstate 40 on November 22, 2006.
  • November 15, 2006 - October 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last six months.
  • October 12, 2006 - September 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last five months.
  • October 3, 2006 - Funeral Services - Trooper William McClendon - Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 1000 hours at the Marietta High School.
  • September 20, 2006 - 56th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy Graduation - The Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol announces the graduation of the 56th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
  • September 12, 2006 - August 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last four months.
  • August 29, 2006 - Labor Day Holiday - Troopers work to reduce holiday deaths
  • August 21, 2006 - "Speeding Ticket Alert" Email Hoax - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol would like to advise the public that we are not participating in a speed enforcement event.
  • August 11, 2006 - July 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of July in 2006.
  • July 12, 2006 - June 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of June in 2006.
  • June 30, 2006 - Pre-Holiday Weekend - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is asking the public to drive safe and drive sober this weekend.
  • June 19, 2006 - May 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of May in 2006.
  • May 31, 2006 - 56th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy Begins - On May 31, 2006, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety will welcome the newest members to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
  • May 25, 2006 - Operation Synergy on Turnpikes Memorial Day Weekend - Motorists who travel Turner and Kilpatrick Turnpikes this Memorial Day Weekend will have an opportunity to see Synergy in action.
  • May 24, 2006 - Memorial Day Weekend 2006 - Once again the Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching.
  • May 23, 2006 - Consumer Warning - NASBLA issues advisory for used boat buyers.
  • May 22, 2006 - April 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of April in 2006.
  • May 4, 2006 - Sixth Annual Walk for Special Olympics - On Friday, May 5th, 2006, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Stewart Meyer and his wife, Beth Ann, a third grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Chickasha, OK, will begin their sixth walk from Chickasha to Stillwater.
  • April 24, 2006 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol to Host Police Unity Tour Ceremony - On April 25, 2006 at 6:00 P.M., the Police Unity Tour will be making a stop in Oklahoma City for a ceremony honoring all law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
  • April 11, 2006 - March 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of March in 2006.
  • April 10, 2006 - Benefit Basketball Game for Cystic Fibrosis - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Tactical Team will be adding an additional duty.
  • April 6, 2006 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers Recover $100,000 in Stolen Property - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers have spent the last two days recovering almost $100,000 in stolen property, including several cars, trucks, travel trailers, utility trailers, a four wheeler and other farm implements.
  • March 17, 2006 - February 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of February in 2006.
  • March 7, 2006 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol identifies noncontact vehicle in fatal bus collision - On Saturday, February 18, 2006, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigated a double fatality collision involving a commercial passenger bus.
  • February 13, 2006 - January 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of January in 2006.
  • February 1, 2006 - December 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of December in 2005.

News Releases 2005

  • December 12, 2005 - November 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of November in 2005.
  • November 11, 2005 - October 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of October in 2005. This is the first increase since July, 2005 with an increase of 20 for a total of 73 compared to 53 in the same month last year.
  • October 20, 2005 - Kids Day Out with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol - On Thursday, October 20, beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and members of the Concerned Citizens for the Highway Patrol Society and Oklahoma State Troopers Association will host a day of education and fun for selected youth in the metro area.
  • October 11, 2005 - September 2005 - Monthy Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of September.
  • September 26, 2005 - Major Mike Grimes of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol receives special award.
  • September 11, 2005 - August 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of August.
  • August 11, 2005 - July 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of July.
  • August 11, 2005 - Oklahomans Buckling Up At Record Rate - Department of Public Safety officials announced today that Oklahomans are buckling up at the highest rates ever.
  • July 11, 2005 - June 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last 6 straight months in 2005.
  • July 1, 2005 - Fourth of July - With six traffic-related fatalities during last year's Fourth of July holiday period, Department of Public Safety officials are urging Oklahomans to make safety their primary concern during this holiday period.
  • June 16, 2005 - Department of Public Safety officials are reminding Oklahomans who possess a driver license or identification card that they are required to make notification in writing to the department within 10 days upon the event of a change in mailing address, county of residence, or name.
  • June 11, 2005 - May 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last 5 straight months in 2005.
  • May 11, 2005 - April 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease of 5 traffic fatalities to a total of 56 in April.
  • April 18, 2005 - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be starting a new project to make the Turner Turnpike safer - Project C.R.A.S.H. (Collision Reduction And Safer Highways) will begin April 18, 2005.
  • April 14, 2005 - Department of Public Safety holds 5th Annual Communications Officer and Communications and Electronic Services Technician of the Year awards
  • April 11, 2005 - March 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the third month this year.
  • March 31, 2005 - Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers receive the Trooper of the Year award for heroism and humanitarianism at the Oklahoma Highway Users Federation 36th annual Highway Safety Recognition Luncheon in Oklahoma City.
  • February 24, 2005 - New "S" requirement for School Bus Drivers - Oklahoma school bus drivers will soon be trading in their licenses for a new license with a specific school bus endorsement, the Department of Public Safety announced today.
  • February 11, 2005 - January 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public safety officials reporat a decrease of 30 traffic fatalities for a total of 42 in January compared to 72 in the same month last year.
  • February 07, 2005 - Commercial driver licensees face new federal requirements for transporting hazardous materials - If you possess a commercial driver license endorsed to transport hazardous materials, or are a first-time applicant, the Department of Public Safety announces you are facing strict new federal requirements.

News Releases 2004

    • November 17, 2004 - Department officials announce grant for Amber Alert System - Cabinet Secretary of Safety and Security Commissioner Kevin Ward announced that the Southwestern Bell Communications Foundation awarded a grant to the state in the amount of $77,000.
    • August 23, 2004 - Memorial Highway Dedication Set - Officials of the Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma City Police Department are announcing August 24, 2004 as the official date for the Trooper Matt Evans and Officer Jeff Rominger Memorial Highway Dedication.
    • July 22, 2004 - Oklahoma safety belt compliance rate highest ever - Oklahoma Highway Safety Office officials announced today that Oklahomans are buckling up at a record rate.
    • June 14, 2004 - May 2004 - Monthly Fatality Report - Traffic fatalities for May were up 17 compared to last year, according to the Department of Public Safety.
    • May 25, 2004 - Memorial Day - Troopers expect crowded roads despite hiked fuel prices.
    • April 12, 2004 - March 2004 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of three traffic fatalities in March.
    • March 30, 2004 - Trooper of the Year and Jerry Marx Awards - Department of Public Safety and Highway Users Federation Officials are announcing the 2003 recipients of the Jerry Marx Memorial Award and Trooper of the Year for Heroism and Humanitarianism.
    • March 15, 2004 - February 2004 - Monthly Fatality Report - Traffic fatalities for February were down compared to last year, according to the Department of Public Safety. Forty-nine died on Oklahoma streets and highways last month, compared to 50 in February 2003.
    • February 12, 2004 - January 2004 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of 20 traffic fatalities to a total of 62 in January compared to 42 in the same month last year.
    • January 15, 2004 - Reward Offered For Murder Weapon - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of the Glock .357 SIG caliber handgun believed used in the homicide of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Nikky Green.

    News Releases 2003

    • September 13, 2003 - August 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 20 traffic fatalities in August for a total of 61, compared to 81 in the same month last year.
    • August 27, 2003 - Troopers stress safe driving and boating during holiday - There has not been a fatality on Oklahoma's lakes during the Labor Day holiday weekend since the year 2000 and officials would like to see this trend continue.
    • August 14, 2003 - July 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 34 traffic fatalities in July for a total of 50, compared to 84 in the same month last year.
    • July 2, 2003 - Troopers participate in traffic safety campaign during holiday - Four people died during the July 4th holiday weekend last year.
    • May 30, 2003 - State patrol celebrates 30 years of student academy - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Cadet Lawman Academy, a training camp for qualified high school juniors who take on the role of trooper cadet for one week.
    • May 21, 2003 - Troopers warn drivers to slow down - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to slow down as they travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend that kicks off summer travel.
    • May 20, 2003 - Officers recruit for 20-person police academy - "It has been one of the best-kept law enforcement secrets in the state but we're going to change that," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Second Lieutenant Ben Crockett, deputy director of the Oklahoma Police Corps, a training academy for police officers.
    • May 16, 2003 - Homeland Security funds available to aid frist responders through the Oklahoma First Responder Equipment Program - Today Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Bob A. Ricks announced the availability of funds through additional phases of the Oklahoma First Responder Equipment Program.
    • May 12, 2003 - April 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of eight traffic fatalities in April for a total of 39, compared to 47 in the same month last year.
    • April 16, 2003 - Yellow bows of freedom to be placed in honor of employees and families - Department of Public Safety officials will kick off a program to support employees and family members who have been called to active military duty beginning with a Yellow Bows of Freedom ceremony to be held Wednesday at 2 p.m.
    • April 11, 2003 - March 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 12 traffic fatalities in March for a total of 51, compared to 63 in the same month last year.
    • March 14, 2003 - Funds availalble to help Oklahoma first responders - Today Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Bob A. Ricks announced the first phase of the Oklahoma First Responder Equipment Program.
    • March 11, 2003 - February 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of two traffic fatalities in February for a total of 38, compared to 40 in the same month last year.
    • February 12, 2003 - January 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 13 traffic fatalities in January for a total of 34, compared to 47 in the same month last year.
    • January 13, 2003 - December 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 18 traffic fatalities in December for a total of 42, compared to 60 in the same month the year before.
    • January 6, 2003 - OHP adds additional bomb truck to fleet - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has added another bomb truck to its fleet.

    News Releases 2002

    • December 30, 2002 - New Year's Holiday - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is urging motorists to take heed over the New Years Holiday.
    • December 23, 2002 - Christmas Holiday fatalities - Five people died during the Christmas holiday last year, December 23, 2001 through December 25, 2001.
    • December 12, 2002 - November 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 25 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 57, compared to 82 in the same month last year.
    • November 26, 2002 - Troopers urge holiday travelers to drive safe - The traffic fatality count has decreased for the month of November, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials are urging travelers to help them continue the trend by driving safe during the Thanksgiving holiday.
    • November 08, 2002 - October 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in October for a total of 60, compared to 59 in the same month last year.
    • October 29, 2002 - 54th OHP Academy - Two women will graduate with 51 fellow cadets as members of the 54th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
    • October 25, 2002 - Potential al-Qaida Threats to Economic Targets in the United States and Abroad - Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Bob A. Ricks has today issued a notification to key industry sectors of additional terrorism-related information.
    • October 10, 2002 - September 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of three traffic fatalities in September for a total of 57, compared to 60 in the same month last year.
    • September 24, 2002 - Oklahoma law enforcement drag race to win world championship - For the first time, the World Finals drag racing competition of Beat the Heat, Incorporated will be held in Oklahoma.
    • September 12, 2002 - August 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of five traffic fatalities in August for a total of 62, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
    • September 10, 2002 - Heightened state of alert - Department of Public Safety officials met with representatives of the governor's office and Homeland Security in response to concerns of the nation's heightened state of alert.
    • August 13, 2002 - July 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a increase of two traffic fatalities in July for a total of 69, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
    • July 11, 2002 - June 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in June for a total of 54, compared to 63 in the same month last year.
    • July 2, 2002 - Troopers urge Oklahomans to drive safe during holiday - Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports one traffic fatality during the 2001 Independence Day holiday, a 17-year low.
    • June 28, 2002 - Oklahoma Higway Patrol hosts largest academy in 20 years - The 54th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy will register 80 cadets on Friday, June 28.
    • June 12, 2002 - May 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of four traffic fatalities in May for a total of 55, compared to 51 in the same month last year.
    • May 28, 2002 - Troopers enforce safe driving during holiday weekend - Last year, 11 people died in vehicle crashes during the Memorial Day weekend, the same number as the previous year.
    • May 15, 2002 - April 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in April for a total of 43, compared to 52 in the same month last year.
    • May 14, 2002 - Two state troopers will receive annual awards - State Troopers Jack Walker and Tony Nelson will receive awards for saving the lives of two Oklahomans last year. They will be honored with the 2001 Trooper of the Year awards for humanitarianism and heroism respectively.
    • Mar. 8, 2002 - February 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in February for a total of 35, compared to 44 in the same month last year.

    News Releases 2001

    • Dec 21, 2001 - Christmas and New Year's Holidays - Sixteen people died during the Christmas and New Year's holidays last year.
    • Dec 17, 2001 - OHP Lieutenant Rick Dodson named pilot of the year - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lieutenant Rick Dodson was recently named pilot of the year but that's not what made him happy. It was the name on the award that triggered emotion in Dodson.
    • Dec 13, 2001 - November 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of 26 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 69, compared to 43 in the same month last year.
    • Nov 19, 2001 - New Mail Policy for Department of Public Safety - Department of Public Safety officials announce a new policy concerning all incoming mail to the state agency in an effort to rule out potential danger to employees. Without exception, mail will not be accepted without a name and full return address beginning December 1. All mail that does not include this information will be disposed of immediately.
    • Nov 15, 2001 - October 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 36 traffic fatalities in October for a total of 46, compared to 70 in the same month last year.
    • Oct 16, 2001 - Kids Day with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and members of the Concerned Oklahomans for the Highway Patrol Society and Oklahoma State Troopers Association will host a day of education and fun for selected youth in the metro area.
    • Oct 11, 2001 - September 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in September for a total of 58, compared to 57 in the same month last year.
    • Oct 10, 2001 - 53rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy Graduation - Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets will make history on Wednesday, October 10 when they are sworn in as state troopers graduating with the 53rd OHP Academy.
    • Sept 11, 2001 - August 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in September for a total of 58, compared to 57 in the same month last year.
    • Sept 7, 2001 - Law to help protect Peace Officers - A new law went in to effect July 1, 2001, to help protect peace officers and rescue workers parked on the side of the road.
    • Aug 30, 2001 - Evans and Rominger Memorial Ceremonies - Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials will join the Oklahoma City Police Department in commemorating the deaths of Trooper Matt Evans and Officer Jeff Rominger in two special memorial ceremonies.
    • Aug 29, 2001 - State troopers strive to reduce holiday traffic deaths - Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials reported eight fatalities during the 2000 Labor Day holiday weekend, reflecting no change from the 1999 holiday.
    • Aug 15, 2001 - July 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of eight traffic fatality in July for a total of 50, compared to 58 in the same month last year.
    • July 17, 2001 - Oklahoma student to attend FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program - Bristow resident Nicholas Groom, 17, has been chosen to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, Inc. Your Leadership Program in Quantico, Virginia beginning July 22.
    • July 16, 2001 - Highway patrol seeking applicants for 2001 Academy - The Department of Public Safety is currently accepting applications for the positions of 72 cadets for the 54th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
    • July 3, 2001 - Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement traffic safety campaign begins today - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are participating in the Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement traffic safety campaign today and tomorrow, cracking down on speeders, drunk drivers and those not wearing safety belts.
    • June 25, 2001 - Department of Public Safety honors employees - Department of Public Safety Communications Officer Lori Hedges is credited for assisting troopers in three separate life-threatening situations, and DPS Electronics Technician Roger Logan will be recognized for his dedication to duty and service of radio equipment. Both will receive a new annual award.
    • June 24, 2001 - 53rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy - It is a year of firsts for cadets of the 53rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. The first Asian, the first black female and a member of the first family will report as cadets to the OHP academy which begins Friday, June 29.
    • May 26, 2001 - April 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 11 traffic fatalities in March for a total of 47, compared to 58 in the same month last year.
    • May 26, 2001 - Memorial Weekend - May 25, 2001 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will participate in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort with law enforcement officers nationwide this Memorial Day weekend.
    • April 11, 2001 - Trooper of the year - March 2001 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers Matt Evans, Justin Gandy and Tony Richardson will receive trooper of the year awards for demonstrating heroic and humanitarian efforts while in the line duty.
    • March 13, 2001 - OHP reports increased traffic deaths in February - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of 13 traffic fatalities in February for a total of 40, compared to 33 in the same month last year.
    • March 12, 2001 - Committee of One Hundred honors state trooper - When Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Gandy arrived on the scene of a life-threatening injury accident, he didn't know he would leave a hero.
    • February 13, 2001 - Troopers receive 'Buckledown Awards' - Several Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been chosen as recipients of the Oklahoma Buckledown Awards Traffic Safety Recognition Program and will be presented plaques by Mrs. Cathy Keating in a ceremony reception in Tulsa at 9 a.m. today.
    • February 9, 2001 - January 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 26 traffic fatalities in January for a total of 33, compared to 59 in the same month last year.
    • January 23, 2001 - OHP increase drug and criminal interdictions for year 2000 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a significant increase in the confiscation of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines for a total of just over $20 million in street value seized by troopers last year.

    News Releases 2000

    • December 27, 2000 - New Year's Holiday - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is urging motorists to take heed over the New Year's Holiday.
    • December 11, 2000 - November 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 28 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 39, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
    • December 4, 2000 - Jane Doe - Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials are searching for the identification of a hitchhiker who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 40, November 30 at approximately 10:30 p.m.
    • November 17, 2000 - Thanksgiving Holiday - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported a death toll of 11 during the 1999 Thanksgiving holiday.
    • November 14, 2000 - October 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of two traffic fatalities in October for a total of 68, compared to 70 in the same month last year.
    • October 26, 2000 - New identification requirements - Beginning November 1, Oklahoma drivers will be effected by three new licensing requirements. The first requirement affects all drivers, the second concerns drivers between 21 and 26 years of age, and the last is directed at males age 18 to 25.
    • October 12, 2000 - September 2000 - Monthly Fatality Release - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 16 traffic fatalities in September for a total of 51, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
    • October 03, 2000 - 52nd Academy Graduates - Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials announce the graduation of 41 cadets in the 52nd OHP Academy.
    • October 02, 2000 - Ward/Fike receive lifesaving award October 2000 - The assistanct commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper will be recipients of the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police Lifesaving Award at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 3 at the Robert R. Lester Training Center, 3600 North Martin Luther King Blvd. at 8:15 a.m.
    • September 15, 2000 - August 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of six traffic fatalities in August for a total of 53, compared to 59 in the same month last year.
    • September 1, 2000 - Trooper Fatally Wounded - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers mourn the loss of one of their own. Trooper Matthew Scott Evans was killed while on routine patrol in Oklahoma County early Thursday morning, August 31.
    • August 14, 2000 - July 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 21 traffic fatalities in July for a total of 48, compared to 69 in the same month last year.
    • August 11, 2000 - OHP troopers win state pistol championship - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Pistol Team achieved top honors at the Oklahoma State Police Pistol Combat Championship competition held Saturday in Oklahoma City, hosting over 20 law enforcement agencies.
    • August 1, 2000 - OHP trooper wins state pistol match - Mike Sexton wins the state pistol matches again this year, he will tie the record held by former Norman Police Officer Royce Weddle who won the title seven consecutive years in the early 1980s.
    • July 11, 2000 - June 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 31 traffic fatalities in June for a total of 37, compared to 68 in the same month last year.
    • June 30, 2000 - Ward named Assistant Commissioner - Department of Public Safety authorities announce today the promotion of Captain Kevin Ward to the position of assistant commissioner for the agency. Commissioner Bob A. Ricks lead the promotional ceremony, praising Ward for his dedication and professional service.
    • June 21, 2000 - Boating Safety Media Day - Media are invited to attend the 2000 Boating Safety Media Day on Tuesday, June 27 at Lake Arcadia in Edmond, just prior to the highest attended boating holiday of the season.
    • June 16, 2000 - May 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 11 traffic fatalities in May for a total of 56, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
    • June 7, 2000 - Pursuit - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were called to assist in a pursuit that began near MacArthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City at approximately 2:40 a.m. this morning.
    • June 2, 2000 - Cadet Lawman Academy - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will host 137 students from across the state for the 27th Annual Cadet Lawman Academy.
    • May 26, 2000 - Memorial Day - Twelve people died in car crashes last year over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Over half of those who died were not wearing safety belts.
    • May 23, 2000 - OHP troopers are looking for deadbeat drivers - Drivers who fail to buckle up kids are considered deadbeats by Oklahoma law enforcement officers.
    • May 22, 2000 - 32nd Annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service - The 32nd Annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service was held today at the state's monument in Oklahoma City at the Department of Public Safety.
    • March 8, 2000 - Trooper of the Year/Jerry Marx awards - Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will be honored at the 31st Annual Trooper of the Year awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 8.
    • February 29, 2000 - Drug Seizure - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers seized 518 pounds of marijuana, the result of a routine traffic stop on Thursday, Feb. 24.
    • February 28, 2000 - Oldest Living Retired Trooper Honored - Eighty-eight-year-old Ed Vandergrif is the oldest living retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, a graduate of the first academy in 1937.
    • February 27, 2000 - Expanded Drive Test Hours - Department of Public Safety officials announce the implementation of a program to increase driver license testing and services for citizens in the Oklahoma City metro area.
    • February 16, 2000 - January 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of three traffic fatalities in January for a total of 52, compared to 49 in the same month last year.
    • January 21, 2000 - Click it or ticket! - Nearly 100 law enforcement officers joined Governor Frank Keating on the south steps of the State Capitol in a united effort to save lives.
    • January 19, 2000 - Seat belt compliance news conference - Nearly 100 law enforcement officers will join Governor Frank Keating on the south steps of the state Capitol in a united effort to save lives.
    • January 12, 2000 - December 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of eight traffic fatalities in December for a total of 51, compared to 59 in the same month last year.

    News Releases 1999

    • November 19, 1999 - Operation ABC - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will join thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country to take part in the second wave of the 1999 Operation ABC Mobilization: America Buckles Up Children - the largest ever coordinated enforcement effort on drivers who don't buckle up children.
    • October 18, 1999 - September 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 15 traffic fatalities in September for a total of 50, compared to 65 in the same month last year.
    • September 24, 1999 - Trooper Fatally Wounded - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper David "Rocky" Eales, 49, was shot and killed while assisting the district attorney's drug task force in Sequoyah County in an attempt to serve felony warrants at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.
    • August 11, 1999 - July 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 20 traffic fatalities in July for a total of 56, compared to 76 in the same month last year.
    • August 5, 1999 - Northcutt named officer of the month by national organization - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Rocky Northcutt has been selected as Officer of the Month for July 1999 by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
    • August 2, 1999 - 51st Academy Graduation - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol 51st Academy cadets will graduate Tuesday, August 3 at the Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 East Memorial Road in Oklahoma City at 1 p.m.
    • July 13, 1999 - OHP First Lieutenant Rick Adams selected for United States War College - Oklahoma Highway Patrol First Lieutenant Rick Adams was recently selected from numerous applicants to attend the United States War College this fall in residence at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
    • July 9, 1999 - June 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 11 traffic fatalities in June for a total of 62, compared to 73 in the same month last year.
    • June 30, 1999 - Fourth of July - State police from Texas, Missouri and New Mexico will rally with Oklahoma troopers in a kick off for a specific enforcement effort during the holiday weekend.
    • June 15, 1999 - May 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of five traffic fatalities in May for a total of 62, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
    • June 13, 1999 - Trooper Involved Shooting - A St. Louis Missouri man died yesterday following a shoot-out and pursuit with a trooper in far northeastern OK.
    • June 9, 1999 - Lake Patrol Honorees - Three Department of Public Safety employees and a state representative were honored by the International Association of Marine Investigators during their conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • June 7, 1999 - Construction Area Enforcment - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has stepped up enforcement in an eight mile construction zone on state highway 33 in an effort to reduce traffic crashes.
    • June 6, 1999 - Cadet Lawman Academy - High school students from across the state are about to find out what it takes to be an Oklahoma state trooper.
    • May 28, 1999 - Memorial Day Weekend - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is prepared for the increase in travelers this holiday weekend as they continue their enforcement emphasis of zero tolerance for those not wearing safety belts.
    • May 14, 1999 - April 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in April for a total of 64, compared to 73 in the same month last year.
    • April 26, 1999 - Injured Oklahoma Highway Patrolman - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Smith was shot by an armed man at a cemetery near Bernice, Oklahoma on Sunday evening.
    • April 15, 1999 - March 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of five traffic fatalities in March for a total of 58, compared to 53 in the same month last year.
    • March 30, 1999 - 51st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy - The Department of Public Safety will welcome 77 cadets to the 51st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy at 1 P.M. on Tuesday, March 30 at the Robert R. Lester Training Center, 3600 North Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oklahoma City.
    • March 18, 1999 - Trooper of the Year - Three troopers were honored at the 30th Annual Trooper of the Year awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 10 in Oklahoma City.