Welcome from the Chief
Welcome to the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety web site. This site is designed to provide a transparent view into the functions and services provided by our Public Safety agency. We hope this tool will keep the public informed regarding activities in the Orangeburg community that directly or indirectly relate to the department’s operations. We will provide crime trend information through our crime analysis and mapping function and crime prevention techniques through our crime prevention office.
NOTICE OF NEW LAW
South Carolina is now the 49th state to ban texting while driving.
A statewide ban on writing, sending or reading a text while driving took effect Monday when Gov. Nikki Haley signed the law. It is among dozens of new laws the Republican governor has signed in the last week.
The ban supersedes various city and county ordinances on texting, creating consistency across the state.
Legislators have for years resisted telling people what they can and can't do behind the wheel. But they said the increasing number of local ordinances caused too much confusion.
The law still allows people to text if they are legally stopped or using a hands-free device. It also specifically permits using GPS navigation.A violation is not a crime. The maximum fine is $50
Cellular Phone Tip
Did you know that old cellular phones we let our kids play with are still capable of dialing 911?
Just because a phone is old and its use has been discontinued it still has many capabilities. Please be careful of the following things:
1. Your personal information on current accounts could still be stored on the phone.
2. Your home phone number or address could still be stored.
3. Children playing with them can still call 911.