Despite mandate, traffic-stop race data remain elusive in Vermont

Limited studies in Vermont have documented black and Hispanic drivers being stopped and searched by police at higher rates than whites. In an effort to measure the extent of racial profiling in this mostly white, ostensibly progressive state, lawmakers in 2014 required all police to record the race of drivers they pull over. An investigation…

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Millions of dollars in fines improperly issued to Chicago drivers

An investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that $2.4 million in fines were improperly issued to Chicago drivers. The fines were issued by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speed camera program, which issued its first fine in October 2013. The Tribune also found that City Hall ticketed drivers near schools, even though there were no children in…

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Deadly crash came after years of complaints about rail crossing

After two teens died in a southwest Miami car crash at a railroad crossing, the company responsible for maintaining the track fixed a bumpy section of the road. But NBC 6 used emails between area residents, county and state officials, and company representatives to show that CSX Transportation, Inc., one of the nation’s largest railroad…

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North Carolina has the second-highest number of high-hazard dams nationwide

North Carolina has about 1,200 high-hazard dams, according to an analysis by WRAL. A dam is considered “high-hazard” if loss of life is likely if the structure fails. North Carolina has almost six times the number of high-hazard dams than South Carolina, which has seen several dam failures due to historic rain and flooding. Of…

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Virginia car-title lenders enter the world of consumer-finance loans

A four-part series from WAMU 88.5 News in Washington, D.C., explores how car-title lenders in Virginia have moved into the shadowy world of consumer-finance loans, allowing them to get around restrictions on how much interest they can charge and how long the loans can be extended. Meanwhile, borrowers of traditional car-title loans are increasingly failing…

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Boston Globe analyzes database of 6.8 million parking tickets

Everyone hates parking tickets. But some people in Boston have decided that parking illegally and risking a ticket is cheaper than paying for a garage downtown, where rates can exceed $40 a day. The Boston Globe mined a database of 6.8 million tickets to discover nearly 100 vehicles had 500 tickets or more in the…

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High-speed police chases have killed thousands of innocent bystanders

Nearly half of the 11,500 people killed in police chases since 1979 have been innocent bystanders or passengers in fleeing cars, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Police across the USA are chasing tens of thousands of people each year, usually for traffic violations or minor crimes – often at high speeds and in hazardous conditions.

Collapsed California bridge given an A rating just last year

The Desert Sun used Federal Highway Administration data to show that a remote desert bridge that collapsed over the weekend was given an A rating just last year. Heavy rain led to the collapse of the Tex Wash Bridge and severed Interstate 10, causing problems for thousands of drivers. “Inspectors gave the eastbound portion of…

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St. Louis County municipalities block access to driver’s licenses to collect unpaid fines

Several municipalities in St. Louis County have used the Missouri Department of Revenue to force residents into making court payments, according to an investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Residents in Northwoods, Hanley Hills and Breckenridge Hills have been threatened with possible license suspensions, even though city officials have no such authority. A woman from…

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Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries

Freddie Gray was not the first person to get seriously injured during a ride in a Baltimore police van. Gray, 25, died from a spinal injury earlier this month after he was handcuffed and placed in a police van. The Baltimore Sun found that others have been injured during “rough rides,” a term used to…

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