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  • Houston Texas Bus Safety

    This story looks at two bus crashes in Texas to determine how companies are regulated. It also looks at how Houston operators who cater to Hispanic, working-class passengers are allowed to operate, some illegally, despite poor safety records and questionable licensing.
  • Who's Driving Your Cab?

    A WOOD-TV investigation reveals that "the city of Grand Rapids licenses taxi drivers who have significant criminal and bad driving records despite claims that public safety is the primary goal." The investigation started when a reporter saw drug dealing between a cab driver and another motorist at a gas station.
  • Hell on Wheels: A road rage story you'll never forget

    McConnell recounts a hellish incident of road rage which occurred on Aug. 4, 2000 on Interstate 83 between Baltimore and East Petersburg, PA. Michael Eck, a forklift operator, was driving from his home in Baltimore to his job in East Petersburg when his Chevy Impala was struck from behind 12 times by a semi-truck driven by James Trimble. Trimble, who was later convicted of aggravated assault and numerous driving offenses that landed him in prison for two years, started ramming the Impala after Eck passed him on the right.
  • Back on the Road

    A WHDH-TV investigation reveals "a dangerous loophole in the state's criminal justice system that allowed drivers convicted of drunk driving, vehicular homicide, driving to endanger and other criminal driving offenses to stay on the road - legally!" The story details "countless cases where a driver had their license suspended by a judge, but it remained valid or active because the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles was never told of the court conviction." The report reveals that this problem stems form the lack of "a computerized link between the court and the registry," and "huge gaps" in the paperwork trail. The reporters find cases delayed up to six years in some counties.