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  • Obstructed View

    9NEWS of Denver, Colorado exposes a tiny town’s traffic ticketing revenue scheme that aggressively cites drivers for dangling air fresheners and cracked windshields.
  • PSTA-Driving Outside the Lines

    An Investigation into the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority showing it knowingly created an illegal plan to use a $354,000 Homeland Security Grant to promote a tax increase. As we got deeper into looking at the agency we found maintenance problems the agency tried to cover up and lie about and drivers on the road who should not have been behind the wheel
  • Judge Minaldi arrest

    In January of 2014, an anonymous tip was called in to KPLC-TV about a U.S. District Judge who refused to stop her vehicle for officers in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The officers were called out on a complaint about an erratic driver. The judge was eventually stopped and given a ticket for an open container. The caller claimed there was more to the story and a cover-up was underway. After multiple requests to the Lake Charles Police Dept., a press release was issued stating that Judge Patricia Minaldi was cited for having an open container in her vehicle. Initial open records requests were denied, claiming an open investigation. Once Minaldi paid a fine in Lake Charles City Court, KPLC-TV journalists requested a recording of the 911 call that led to the traffic stop. Later, KPLC-TV was able to obtain dash cam video of the judge arguing with officers and resisting their demands to get out of her vehicle. Once KPLC-TV's reports aired, Judge Minaldi was charged with DUI First Offense and was sentenced to probation. They believe the added charges were the result of public pressure after these reports aired.
  • Collision Course

    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA), nearly 4,000 people died in trucking accidents in 2012 – up 18% from 2009. But what is being done to ensure better safety on U.S. roads? "Collision Course," a four-part investigative series reported by Eamon Javers, shines a light on the dangers of crashes that involve long-haul trucks. CNBC breaks down the numbers highlighting that 20% of trucks (over 2 million) inspected in 2012 had out of service violations – faulty brakes, bad tires and shouldn't have been on the road. And, nearly 5% of truck drivers (171,000) had enough violations to be pulled from behind the wheel.
  • Dangerous Streets

    Three articles about the way the Philadelphia courts and police as well as the state legislature have contributed to what one judge called “chaos on the street.” Over the course of a year, the reporters looked into the variety of ways that law enforcement has failed to keep the public safe from drivers convicted of drug offenses, repeatedly drunken drivers and drivers with warrants outstanding for their arrest as a result of violations for dangerous driving.
  • NBC5 Investigates: Chrysler Pacifica -- Rust, Rot and Corrosion

    Rust, rot and corrosion. NBC5's investigation exposed a nasty surprise hidden from owners of a popular vehicle across the country. The series revealed what the automaker knew about the dangerous problem lurking underneath some of its cars, and what they didn’t tell drivers -- many of them discovering the life threatening problem by accident. None were able to get the automaker to fix it, until NBC 5 Investigates stepped in.
  • Guilty and Charged

    When impoverished people go to court, they pile up court fines and fees. When they struggle to pay, they lose driver’s licenses, public benefits and can go to jail. NPR’s investigation “Guilty and Charged” told the little-known story of the emergence of a two-tiered system of justice that more harshly punishes the poor. The six-part series, which ran on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, was the result of a year of reporting and research. It combined compelling personal narratives and unique data gathering to create memorable, insightful and in-depth stories.
  • Diplomatic Drivers

    Driving more than 100 mph. Hit and runs. Multiple DUIs. They were all considered classified state secrets until Tisha Thompson spent six years successfully fighting for diplomatic driving records never before released to the public. You can’t drive anywhere in Washington, DC without spotting the distinctive red and blue tags of foreign diplomats. In 2008, Thompson filed a FOIA with the US Department of State requesting driving records of any diplomat pulled over for violating our local traffic laws. Several years later, she was told her FOIA had become “one of the oldest, if not the oldest” in the agency’s system because it could be a potential diplomatic relations problem. Thompson used a combination of traditional and creative ways to get FOIA information not just from the federal government but also from a long list of local and state jurisdictions. And the results were stunning.
  • A Failure to Block: Tennessee's Lost War on Meth

    While Tennessee remains second in the nation for the number of meth labs, this investigation revealed a state system designed to block convicted meth offenders from buying cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine was broken, and that there were huge holes in the TBI’s Meth Offender Registry, a list of people who should be banned from such purchases. The stories led to immediate action by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and a rare admission by the agency that it had failed to follow the law. Among our findings was that 777 convicted meth offenders made more than 5,400 illegal purchases of pseudoephedrine last year. Despite strict laws requiring people to show their driver’s license when they buy the cold medicines, we found nearly one of every five people on the TBI’s Meth Offender Registry was still able to buy pseudoephedrine without using a fake ID.
  • Pump Problems

    WAFF 48 investigated the process of inspecting gas pumps in North Alabama and discovered the state employed just six inspectors to check 90,000 pumps. Uninspected pumps can cost drivers money by overcharging them or by dispensing bad gas. During the most recent series of inspections in North Alabama 143 out of 844 pumps failed inspection. The state would not supply us with a list of pumps that failed. Instead, we had to submit a list of gas stations and inspectors would then supply the results. Out of the twenty stations submitted to the state, nine pumps were condemned. During the investigation it was learned that state budget cuts lead to the lack of inspectors. We also learned inspectors rely on public complaints to determine where to inspect.