Public Safety http://kut.org en Austin Releases SXSW Survey Results, But Offers Few Opinions http://kut.org/post/austin-releases-sxsw-survey-results-offers-few-opinions <p>The City of Austin's special event office Wednesday night&nbsp;presented the <a href="http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/CityStage/Austin_Center_for_Events_Survey_Results.pdf">results of a feedback survey </a>on this year’s South by Southwest music festival.</p><p>Bill Manno, Corporate Special Events Program Manger for the City of Austin, hinted at possible changes they're discussing, but some meeting attendees say they still aren't sure of the point of the survey and felt it was vague and the questions were ambiguous.</p><p>“What are perceived as the problems that we’re addressing here?" asked Jimmy Stewart, owner of <a href="http://do512.com/">Do 512</a>, an event listing and RSVP site in Austin. "That’s where I’m unclear. This questionnaire is passed, we went over&nbsp;the&nbsp;results, but what are the problems? What are the objectives?”</p><p>When Stewart asked that question to the panel, they didn’t have a specific answer.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151816973&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:05:10 +0000 Kate McGee 10512 at http://kut.org Austin Releases SXSW Survey Results, But Offers Few Opinions Texas Agriculture Group Wants Tighter Controls on Ammonium Nitrate http://kut.org/post/texas-agriculture-group-wants-tighter-controls-ammonium-nitrate <p>A Texas agriculture industry group is calling for more stringent reporting by people who possess the fertilizer ammonium nitrate. The <a href="http://www.txag.net/">Texas Ag Industries Association (TAIA)&nbsp;</a>wants people with fewer than&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">10,000 pounds of the chemical to disclose to state officials how much they're storing and where.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 00:24:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10451 at http://kut.org Texas Agriculture Group Wants Tighter Controls on Ammonium Nitrate After Latest Deaths, Austin Asks: How Can We Stop Drunk Driving? http://kut.org/post/after-latest-deaths-austin-asks-how-can-we-stop-drunk-driving <p>Nationwide, drunk driving <a href="http://responsibility.org/drunk-driving/drunk-driving-statistics">is on the decline</a> – but you wouldn't know it living in Austin. This spring, the city has seen several high-profile deaths attributable to drunk driving.</p><p>This weekend, Kelly Noel – a well-known music fan who ran the popular <a href="https://twitter.com/atxhipsters">ATXHispsters Twitter account</a> – was <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2014-04-28/elegy-for-an-invisible-hipster-kelly-wayne-noel/">killed by a drunk driver</a> downtown. (The account continues to auto-tweet the latest stories from Austin news outlets, including KUT.) And in March, Rashad Owens allegedly <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-capital-murder-charge-rashad-owens-victims-remain-hospitalized">killed and injured South by Southwest attendees</a> when he accelerated into SXSW crowds while trying to evade police.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody" style="line-height: 1.5;">morning after the&nbsp;SXSW&nbsp;killings</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;</span>Acevedo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said “tragedy brings opportunity. It’s an opportunity for a gut check … it's a gut check for the people involved, it’s a gut check for this community.”</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147061409&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:15:22 +0000 Joy Diaz 10318 at http://kut.org After Latest Deaths, Austin Asks: How Can We Stop Drunk Driving? PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport http://kut.org/post/photos-disaster-response-drill-austin-bergstrom-airport <p>Austin-Bergstrom International Airport held a full-scale disaster response&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">exercise on its airfield today, allowing first responders to practice their skills using an actual airplane.</span></p><p>The drill involved aircraft, firefighters, EMS responders, medical service vehicles and more. Several volunteers played the role of plane crash victims, complete with simulated injuries. Responders even tagged volunteers' bodies via a triage system, ranking them by the medical attention required.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:32:59 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10110 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport Austin City Limits 2013: Road Closures, Transportation, Public Safety & More (Update) http://kut.org/post/austin-city-limits-2013-road-closures-transportation-public-safety-more-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: The final Sunday of ACL&#39;s second weekend has been canceled due to weather.</p><p>For more, including information on refunds see: <a href="http://kutne.ws/1bopjAb"><strong>Heavy Rains Soak Austin, Central Texas; ACL Festival Cancels Final Day</strong></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update (Oct. 11):</strong> Traffic could be a bigger problem in the Austin area for weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. <a href="https://austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=9c5a691986d84a3da6118095b19632f5" target="_blank">Road closures around Zilker Park and Republic Square Park</a> will be in place just like last weekend (see below). But the highways may also be packed.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:14:14 +0000 Emily Mathis & Wells Dunbar 8859 at http://kut.org Austin City Limits 2013: Road Closures, Transportation, Public Safety & More (Update) The Best Sources For Central Texas Wildfire Info http://kut.org/post/best-sources-central-texas-wildfire-info <p>Wildfire season is in full swing. And due to <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/drought/">Texas’ ongoing drought</a>, the state remains at exceptional risk for wildfires.</p><p>Wildfires spring up quickly and spread unexpectedly – making real-time information important. Twitter is an important resource for wildfire updates. And Facebook is an information clearinghouse for area residents in times of disaster.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:30:01 +0000 Emery Reifsnyder & Wells Dunbar 8431 at http://kut.org The Best Sources For Central Texas Wildfire Info Police Looking For Suspects in West Campus Kidnapping and Assault http://kut.org/post/police-looking-suspects-west-campus-kidnapping-and-assault <p>Austin Police are asking for help solving a case of kidnapping and sexual assault.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A woman says she was abducted by two men in the <a href="https://www.google.com/maps?q=900+W+26th+St,+Austin,+TX+78705&amp;sll=30.3077609,-97.75340140000002&amp;sspn=0.4553749008071801,0.7034107808632009&amp;t=m&amp;dg=opt&amp;hnear=900+W+26th+St,+Austin,+Texas+78705&amp;z=16">900 block of West </a></span><a href="https://www.google.com/maps?q=900+W+26th+St,+Austin,+TX+78705&amp;sll=30.3077609,-97.75340140000002&amp;sspn=0.4553749008071801,0.7034107808632009&amp;t=m&amp;dg=opt&amp;hnear=900+W+26th+St,+Austin,+Texas+78705&amp;z=16"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">26</span><sup>th</sup></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps?q=900+W+26th+St,+Austin,+TX+78705&amp;sll=30.3077609,-97.75340140000002&amp;sspn=0.4553749008071801,0.7034107808632009&amp;t=m&amp;dg=opt&amp;hnear=900+W+26th+St,+Austin,+Texas+78705&amp;z=16"> Street </a>at about 2:00 a.m. Monday.</span></p><p>She says they blindfolded her and drove her away, releasing her about four hours later in the <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/1CxIQ">2200 block of Stephen F. Austin Dr.</a></p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:40:20 +0000 Trey Shaar & Nathan Bernier 8274 at http://kut.org Police Looking For Suspects in West Campus Kidnapping and Assault Motorbike Passenger Law Poised to Pass http://kut.org/post/motorbike-passenger-law-poised-pass <p>Ramping up motorcycle safety is the goal of a measure that is heading for final passage in the Legislature.</p><p>Motorcycles designed to carry more than one person would be required to have foot pegs and handlebars for the passenger under&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB3838">Malorie’s&nbsp;Law</a>, which is named after a 19-year-old woman from Sherman who&nbsp;<a href="http://mydeathspace.com/article/2012/12/20/Malorie_Bullock_(19)_died_when_a_vehicle_struck_the_motorcycle_she_was_riding_on">died in a motorcycle crash&nbsp;</a>in 2010.</p><p>Texas is one of only three states that does not require footrests for passengers on motorcycles, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws.aspx">American Motorcyclist Association</a>. The other states are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws.aspx?stateid=24">Mississippi</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws.aspx?stateid=25">Missouri</a>.</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:32:22 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7863 at http://kut.org Motorbike Passenger Law Poised to Pass APD Launches Bike Safety Push http://kut.org/post/apd-launches-bike-safety-push <p>The Austin Police Department is launching the first phase of a bike safety initiative today.</p><p>As Austin’s bicycling community grows – <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-will-it-take-austin-become-bicycling-capital">two percent of commuters </a>are getting to work by bike – so does the need for increased education and awareness. Especially after a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/city-investigation-aims-reduce-traffic-deaths">record year of traffic deaths</a>.</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 7563 at http://kut.org APD Launches Bike Safety Push UT Police Seek Renewed Public Safety Accreditation http://kut.org/post/ut-police-seek-renewed-public-safety-accreditation <p>The University of Texas Police Department is undergoing a review of its services. Assessors with the <a href="http://www.calea.org/">Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies</a> (CALEA) are examining all UTPD operations to determine whether the department deserves accreditation.</p><p>Accreditation isn't mandatory but is seen as a representation of public safety excellence.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:14:37 +0000 Austin Feldman 7440 at http://kut.org UT Police Seek Renewed Public Safety Accreditation Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests? http://kut.org/post/can-police-draw-dwi-suspects-blood-without-warrant The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether police must get a warrant before forcing a drunken driving suspect to have his blood drawn.<p>The court has long held that search warrants are ordinarily required when government officials order intrusions into the body — intrusions like drawing blood from an unwilling individual. The court has reasoned that such intrusions amount to a bodily search and thus are covered by the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:25:10 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 6116 at http://kut.org Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests? Commission Calls for Audit of Austin-Travis Co. EMS; Could Mull Merging EMS & Fire Repsonse http://kut.org/post/call-audit-austin-travis-co-ems-could-mull-merging-ems-fire-repsonse <p>The City of Austin’s <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/psc">Public Safety Commission</a> is recommending that the city auditor make a full examination of the Austin-Travis County EMS department.</p><p><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/auditor-finds-poor-money-handling-austin-travis-co-ems-updated">Back in November</a>, an audit found billing collection processes were so poor that EMS was at risk of having money stolen and not even realizing it.&nbsp;Issues this new audit would look at include inventive solutions to staffing levels, resources, overtime and more.</p><p>“There’s some complexities that I hope the city auditor can help us with,”&nbsp;Public Safety chair Michael Lauderdale says.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:53:24 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 6105 at http://kut.org Commission Calls for Audit of Austin-Travis Co. EMS; Could Mull Merging EMS & Fire Repsonse Lockdown Ends at Wimberley High School (Updated) http://kut.org/post/lockdown-ends-wimberley-high-school-updated <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=300+Rader+Ranch+Road,+Wimberley,+TX&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=300+Rader+Ranch+Road+&amp;sll=30.307761,-97.753401&amp;sspn=0.982849,1.786652&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=300+Rader+Ranch+Rd,+Wimberley,+Texas+78676&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.009727,-98.118639&amp;spn=0.027872,0.038624&amp;z=14&amp;iwloc=A&amp;output=embed" width="451"></iframe><br><em><small>The approximate location of the situation in Wimberley.&nbsp;<a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=300+Rader+Ranch+Road,+Wimberley,+TX&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=300+Rader+Ranch+Road+&amp;sll=30.307761,-97.753401&amp;sspn=0.982849,1.786652&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=300+Rader+Ranch+Rd,+Wimberley,+Texas+78676&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.009727,-98.118639&amp;spn=0.027872,0.038624&amp;z=14&amp;iwloc=A" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a>.</small> </em></p><p>The high school in Wimberley was temporarily put on lockdown around noon today because a shooting near the school.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:46:24 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6065 at http://kut.org Austin Police Name the Top 20 Bars for DWI Arrests; Say Cops Don't 'Bird-dog the Parking Lots' http://kut.org/post/austin-police-name-top-20-bars-dwi-arrests-say-cops-dont-bird-dog-parking-lots <p>Austin police have released a list of the top 20 bars its DWI arrestees had their last drinks at before getting pulled over.</p><p>Here’s the list in question. The following are the top 20 bars associated with DWI arrests, from January through the end of October:</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:56:01 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5901 at http://kut.org Austin Police Name the Top 20 Bars for DWI Arrests; Say Cops Don't 'Bird-dog the Parking Lots' Travis County DA Seeks Death Penalty for Accused Cop Killer http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-seeks-death-penalty-accused-cop-killer <p>Brandon Daniel may be facing the death penalty for allegedly killing of Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron.</p><p>The <em>Austin American-Statesman</em> <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/district-attorney-to-seek-death-penalty-for-suspec/nTBbp/">quotes</a> District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg as saying seeking the death penalty for Daniel “is the right thing to do.”</p><p>Daniel was <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/district-attorney-to-seek-death-penalty-for-suspec/nTBbp/">charged with capital murder in April</a> of this year for the killing of Officer Padron at an area Wal-Mart.</p><p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:01:15 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5692 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Seeks Death Penalty for Accused Cop Killer The Lead: F1 Debrief, Road Safety and Pedestrian Deaths http://kut.org/post/lead-f1-debrief-road-safety-and-pedestrian-deaths <p>Good morning. Austin can expect partly cloudy skies and a seasonably warm high in the 80s, according to <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">the National Weather Service</a>. Here’s some stories KUT News has been working on:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/11/austin-chamber-f1-was-a-big-success/" title="Austin Chamber: F1 Was a Big Success">Austin Chamber: F1 Was a Big Success</a></strong></li></ul><blockquote><p>“The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austinchamber.com/">Austin Chamber of Commerce</a>&nbsp;is calling Austin’s first Formula 1 race a ‘smashing’ success.</p><p>While the chamber acknowledges that there will be some lessons learned and that some businesses didn’t get the crowds they’d hoped for, officials say it all went pretty smoothly.”</p></blockquote><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/11/nonprofits-get-cash-from-f1-business/">Nonprofits Get Cash from F1 Business</a></strong></li></ul><blockquote><p><strong>“</strong>For many Austinites, Formula One meant road closures, traffic jams and roaring choppers. But for some local nonprofits, it also meant an uptick in donations.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.bgcaustin.org/">Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austinpartners.org/">Austin Partners in Education</a>&nbsp;each walked away with $26,000 in donations from F1 weekend, thanks to an agreement between Circuit of the Americas and<a href="http://www.hotelsforhope.org/">Hotels</a><a href="http://www.hotelsforhope.org/"> for Hope</a>, a local hotel broker that raises money for charities.”</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:48:35 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5689 at http://kut.org Austin, F1 and the Black Market in Human Trafficking http://kut.org/post/austin-f1-and-black-market-human-trafficking <p>As the City of Austin <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/revving-f1-austin-preps-tens-thousands?nopop=1">gears up to host</a> some extra 90,000 out of state fans during the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Austin Police Department is preparing for another increase – a potential increase in human trafficking cases.</p><p>Police say trafficking cases rise with every big influx of visitors into a city. “When there's an increased demand for a product, there's going to be an increase in supply,” says Sergeant Keith Suitt with the Austin Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit. “And we expect that for a lot of events so we try to address that."</p><p>The <a href="http://austintexas.gov/psc">City of Austin’s Public Safety Commission</a> is scheduled to receive an update on local human trafficking cases at its meeting this afternoon. It’s a subject that’s very important to <a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/124083.htm">Luis CdeBaca</a>, the U.S. Ambassador appointed to combat modern day slavery around the world.</p><p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:54:22 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 5525 at http://kut.org Austin, F1 and the Black Market in Human Trafficking