Records show New York fails to verify that repairs are made on vehicles

An analysis from the Times-Union in Albany, New York, found that the state has routinely failed to impose serious penalties or seek criminal charges against operators and transportation companies who take unsafe vehicles on the road. The investigation came after the crash involving a Ford limousine in upstate New York that killed 20 people in October. The…

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California port trucking companies forced drivers into debt, left them with nothing

USA TODAY NETWORK published its first in an investigative series, Rigged, today about the mistreatment of truckers based out of two major California ports.  Port trucking companies buried their poor, immigrant workers in debt, worked them past exhaustion and then left them with nothing. This ongoing investigation shows how executives pressed drivers to lease trucks…

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Twin Cities’ checks of Uber, Lyft drivers appear to be hit or miss

A criminal record or history of bad driving won’t prevent people from becoming Uber or Lyft drivers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Star Tribune identified 176 drivers for the ride-sharing companies and found that nearly a third had committed offenses that violated Uber and Lyft’s hiring standards or violated ride-sharing ordinances in the top…

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Police pursuits lead to a shocking number of deaths every year

In 2014, four police pursuits ended in four separate deaths: a 75-year-old Navy veteran, a 42-year-old nursing assistant, a grandmother, and a speeding motorcyclist. All four chases happened within four miles of one another. And all shared one other characteristic: Everyone killed was black. A first-of-its-kind investigation by USA TODAY revealed that, on average, 90…

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Investigation looks into Arizona police lieutenant arrested for drunken driving

12 News (NBC-Phoenix) exposed a Mesa police lieutenant who thought he was above the law and tried to get away with extreme drunken driving. Police video footage of the traffic stop obtained by the station reveals the lieutenant belittled and berated the arresting officer – a rookie cop – and his field training officer and…

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Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies rarely equip cars with dashboard cameras

As calls for body-worn cameras on police officers increase, many law enforcement agencies are still holding out on the most traditional form of officer camera: the dashboard camera.  An investigation by 10News WTSP revealed that most local police departments and sheriff’s offices around West/Central Florida have dashcams on fewer than 6 percent of their cruisers,…

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Auto body fumes a frequent complaint in San Diego

Complaints about fumes coming from San Diego-area car painting operations are among the most frequent reported to air authorities, according to a report by inewsource. An analysis of records found that more than 10 percent of air complaints in San Diego County cite auto and truck painting. While the industry has taken steps to move…

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Private prisoner transportation companies operate with almost no oversight

Every year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects – many of whom have not been convicted of a crime – are entrusted to a handful of small, private companies that specialize in state and local extraditions. Twenty-six states and countless local law enforcement agencies use private extradition companies to fetch people who are taken…

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Greyhound fails to enforce its own safety rule

A CNN investigation found that Greyhound has not been enforcing a rule designed to keep bus drivers alert and passengers safe. Greyhound documents show that drivers are told to take breaks every 150 miles. But CNN found that the rule is more of a guideline than a mandate. Greyhound has no way of forcing its…

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Despite traffic infractions, South Florida school bus drivers allowed to stay behind the wheel

A review of driving records, disciplinary files and other records on more than 2,000 Broward and Miami-Dade county school bus drivers found that employees who have broken the law can stay behind the wheel. NBC6 found repeat offenders were allowed to continue driving school busses despite their involvement in vehicle crashes and traffic infractions. Documents…

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