Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) urges motorists to drive cautiously during heavy rain storms and flooded areas, and especially at night when judging water depth is more difficult.

Flash flooding is the number one weather-related killer in Texas. More than 50 percent of all flash flood fatalities nationwide involve vehicles. Saving your life can be as easy as turning your vehicle around when you see water on the road. Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways – Turn Around Don’t Drown (TADD)!

DPS offers these safe driving tips:

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Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating a fatal weekend crash that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman Aug. 18, reports Sgt. Stephanie Davis. 

According to Davis, troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US-90 in Jefferson County at about 10:30 p.m.  The crash occurred approximately two (2) miles west of Beaumont.

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Update: Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 10, near Womack, in Orange County on Sunday, July 22.

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Jessica Talmadge, 29, of Buna was pronounced deceased Monday, July 16 after being found on the shoulder of Highway 12 in Orange County on the morning of Saturday, July 14. 

According to a statement by Texas Department of Public Safety at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of an injured woman on the improved shoulder of Highway 12 in Orange County.

DPS Troopers responded to the area of Highway 12 and FM 1136.  Troopers located Talmadge lying on the westbound shoulder of Highway 12 with severe injuries.

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Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee

At approximately 4:15 a.m., according to Sgt. Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Hardin County, approximately 5 miles north of Silsbee.

Davis says preliminary information available indicates that that a Mack garbage truck was traveling northbound on US 96 when it was rear-ended by a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro operated by 25-year-old Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee.

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On Monday, March 12, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will close the eastbound traffic lanes on SH 73, near Wilber Road, to reconstruct a fatal crash that occurred on Friday, according to DPS’ Sergeant Stephanie Davis.

All eastbound traffic lanes will be closed for approximately three hours with crash reconstruction beginning at 1 p.m., she advised.

“Motorists are urged to find an alternate travel route,” according to Davis. “Expect delays.”

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Pickup truck hits utility poles on Highway 105 | Photo: Texas DPS

A 19 year old Beaumont man found unresponsive at the scene of an early morning accident on Highway 105 and initially reported dead was later resuscitated, according to a statement from The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

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Dakota Marcus Stewart

The reward for Dakota Marcus Stewart, 26, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of December, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a release.

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Trooper Damon Allen | Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

Funeral services for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper who died while on duty Thanksgiving Day will be on Friday, Dec. 1 in Mexia, Texas, DPS said in a statement.

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Matthew Fontenot | Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office

On Nov. 18, at about 6:15 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic on I-10 in Orange County when the driver of a Honda motorcycle failed to stop for troopers.

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