Add context to stories on car crashes, seatbelt safety and drunken driving using FARS data

How many people die in car accidents? Sometimes you’ll see the answer to that question flashing on a billboard on the highway. It’s also in the DOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database, a census of fatality accidents on public roads in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. You can use the data…

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How to examine fatal car crashes involving drunken drivers

Police typically conduct sober checkpoints around the holidays, especially New Year’s Eve. Add context to your stories about holiday safety and travel by looking to look at trends in fatal crashes where drugs and alcohol were noted as a factor. We’ll walk you through how to quickly gather statistics and come up with story ideas…

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Quickly report on dangerous winter driving conditions using our new database

More than 3,100 people across the country died in fatal car crashes in the three-day window around Christmas in the 11-year period from 2003 to 2013. More than 500 of those involved snow, rain, sleet or hail, according to accident records. It’s easy to localize a story about dangerous winter driving conditions in your community.…

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Use our new simplified fatal accidents database to write holiday stories with impact

We know how busy the end of the year can be, so we’ve put together a simplified database on fatal car accidents to help you produce year-end stories with impact. Our full DOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System database (FARS) has 19 tables and almost 800 columns of detailed information about fatal car accidents. To save…

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Add context to stories on car crashes, seatbelt safety and drunken driving using FARS data

How many people die in car accidents? Sometimes you’ll see the answer to that question flashing on a billboard on the highway. It’s also in the DOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database, a census of fatality accidents on public roads in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. You can use the data…

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Follow the campaign money trail at the 2012 IRE Conference

Learn how to follow the campaign money trail and track political influence in a series of panels at next month’s IRE Conference in Boston.Our focus on Campaign 2012 kicks off with a free pre-day workshop focusing on companies’ influence on politics and the election. The sessions, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for…

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