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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ghost Drivers

    "For years, Indiana has suffered the embarrassment and dubious distinction as a "fraud Friendly" state when it comes to obtaining bogus licenses and identification cards. A new administration vowed to put a stop to it. But 13 investigates discovered the state's top agencies for prosecuting fraud weren't following through on the legal end. Investigative Reporter Sandra Chapman began tracking the case of an accused Bureau of Motor Vehicles worker accused of fraud. What she found instead was a system allowing known illegal drivers using social security numbers from decreased residents to operate free and clear of Indiana law."
  • Who's at the Wheel

    The reporters examined the school bus drivers of Lafayette Parish. They found that the school board did not thoroughly check criminal and driving records after hiring drivers. Consequently, a high number of school bus drivers had criminal records that they acquired after being hired.
  • Caught in the Driver's Seat

    This investigation stared when a driver with a suspended license for more than 10 years hit and killed a jogger. In a 6-month investigation, WJAR-TV found violations such as reckless driving, DUIs, suspended licenses and criminal violations missing on driving records. Without these histories, courts were unable to fully prosecute habitually irresponsible drivers. As a result of this investigation, the state of Rhode Island set up a system to update records automatically.
  • 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.
  • Employees With Multiple DWIs Drive City-Parish Vehicles

    The Advocate reports on East Baton Rouge's policy towards DWIs amongst city-parish employees. Unlike Louisiana state employees, city employees with DWIs were allowed to remain on the job and drive city vehicles as long as they had a valid driver's license. Twenty-five city-parish employees who drove city vehicles had more than two DWI convictions. The state was also more strict about review driving records regularly. The articles have stimulated reforms of the city-parish's policies.
  • Taxi Rage!

    Boston Magazine reports on the lack of disciplinary action and record keeping undertaken by the arm of the police department that oversees taxi drivers. Numerous taxi drivers that have dangerous driving records are still being allowed to renew their licences year after year. In fact, there's no way to see how many violations a single person has.
  • Crash Course

    Dateline reporters took a look at a variety of traffic schools and investigated how many states can not rely on these schools to educate drivers. "At one school in New York City, we saw students falling asleep, looking at magazines and leaving during class. Instead of an instructor showing up to teach and engage the students in discussion, all the students did was watch a videotape. The class, which was supposed to be a state mandated 6 hours, in fact lasted for only an hour and a half. Despite this, everyone in attendance still received traffic school completion certificates." Dateline "raised the issue that the driver training system in this country needs to be re-examined and possibly reformed by state authorities."
  • Risky Cabbies

    WMAQ-TV reports a "three-month investigation uncovered potentially dangerous cab drivers. Half of the drivers we investigated had criminal records We found most of those drivers had been arrested for assaults and batteries. Some drivers had been caught with guns, buying drugs, even committing sexual offenses. We also uncovered poor driving records...."