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DARE-Truck-Pulling Cop Arrested, Charged With DUI
DARE-Truck-Pulling Cop Arrested, Charged With DUI

It almost seems like a case of “Can you believe this?” Unfortunately, this story is true. A cop pulling a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) truck sideswiped a legally parked car in the Southern Indiana town of Salem, in Washington County, and then hit a tree. The crash, which...Read More»

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The Real Cost Of A California Traffic Ticket

Roll through a stop sign in Los Angeles County, and you'll get a $35 ticket. That’s not all the traffic stop will cost you, though, since by the time you’re done writing checks to the various agencies, you’ll be out of pocket $334, or nearly 10 times the cost of the original...Read More»

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How To Protect Your Car From Thieves

Anyone who has returned to where they know they parked their car only to find it’s been stolen knows the sinking feeling. “If only I’d followed my instincts and parked closer to the store, under a light, not been gone so long…” After the fact, there’s not much...Read More»

2000 Chevrolet Impala Police Car
For Slight Speeders, State Considers 'Pointless' $150 Warning Tickets

Verify the speed limit, add a few miles per hour, and set the cruise control. It's a routine that many long-distance drivers are conditioned to, and in most states you're ignored if you're close to the speed limit. But in South Carolina you could soon be seen as a moving bankroll by cash-strapped...Read More»

Deputy finds four naked people in pickup, arrests driver on suspicion of drunk driving
Drunk Driving: Dangerous, Dumb; Naked Drunk Driving: Dumberer

Ah, Saturdays, the day on which many cops sigh before they set out on their patrols. They see bad drivers. They see erratic drivers. Often, many of these bad, erratic drivers are drunk. But it's a lot rarer for them to be both drunk and nude. Especially, we surmise, in Nebraska Iowa. And yet that's...Read More»

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Baltimore Red-Light Camera Tickets Verified by Dead Police Officer

As readers of the Risk Factor know, blaming the computer for any and all technical glitches is a fairly regular and convenient excuse. One of the more unusual technical problems blamed on a computer was reported about a week plus ago by the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team in Baltimore, Maryland. Apparently...Read More»

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Social Media, Car Crashes, And The Police: A Dangerous Cocktail?

Police have reached out to the citizens of Paris: they need help finding witnesses of traffic accidents. And how can people respond? On Facebook, of course. Les gendarmes are asking anyone who's witnessed an accident to leave a comment on the department's Facebook page. They're looking for anything...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor
The Cops Get Social: The Police Tweet About Stolen Vehicles

It was really only a matter of time until law enforcement agencies decided to try social media. That day has finally come. As we already know, and the police are quickly finding out, Twitter is one of the best tools on the web to send out a message, and possibly for it to go viral. Case in point...Read More»

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Warrantless Police GPS Tracking Turns Illegal Again, For Now

Six months ago, we wrote about the legal confusion about whether police officers could track a person's movements by placing a GPS transponder on that person's car without a warrant to do so. If private citizens place those same transponders--especially if they're former boyfriends or estranged...Read More»

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Texters Beware: Camera Enforcement Could Get A Lot Smarter

How would you feel if a ticket for talking on your cellphone—including an incriminating photo—arrived in the mail? With a new system developed in Europe, it could happen. Ticket-writing for violations like speeding, tailgating, and not wearing your seatbelt are showing promise of...Read More»

Texting while driving
Sometimes, Texting And Driving Are A Great Combination

We've written a lot about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly texting and driving. Say what you will about Oprah Winfrey, but she's right when she insists that no one can safely text and drive. However, there are a couple of instances where texting and driving make for a good...Read More»

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Alleged DUI Driver On 3 Wheels Leads Cops On 11-Mile Chase

You'd never know it from images of Manhattan, but large parts of upstate New York are rural and not that well off. Nevertheless, Duane Bush isn't helping Genesee County with its public relations. The 61-year-old man was arrested at his home in Bethany, New York (southwest of Rochester) on charges...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
Friendly Helpful Speed Camera To Ticket You, Then Text You Too?

We've written a lot about traffic enforcement cameras, both the ones that nail red-light runners and those that send automatic tickets to drivers who exceed the speed limit. Now a new wrinkle in evolving technology has been proposed: Wouldn't it be nice if the camera system not only sent you an...Read More»

Dodge Charger Police Car
Traffic Fatalities Up For Police Officers, Down For Everyone Else

Today's vehicles provide much better occupant protection than those of three decades ago. And we've also made tremendous progress in making our roads a bit safer, and in getting people to buckle up. But, in a puzzling twist it seems, law-enforcement officials are more often perishing in their...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
AZ Switches Off Speed Cameras For Privacy, Revenue Reasons

Last fall, we wrote about citizen initiatives to ban the use of traffic enforcement cameras in three small towns in Ohio and Texas. Now, the backlash has intensified, with the state of Arizona switching off its 76 cameras altogether last Friday, when its contract expired with the private operator...Read More»

2010 Lincoln Town Car
No Clear Successor To Town Car And Crown Vic In Fleets

Taxi-cab companies, police forces, and executive-car services will soon be left scrambling for vehicles. That's because, after years of speculation about the matter, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) is expected to discontinue its large, body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive sedans about a year from now. After a...Read More»

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Carbon E7 Turbodiesel Police Cruiser: More Than 14,000 Orders

With the imminent death of the Ford Crown Victoria, automakers have readied a new set of contenders for the cop-car business, including Ford's Police Interceptor based on the Taurus SHO, the Chevrolet Caprice Cruiser, and the Dodge Charger. But only one company offers a car designed from the ground...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car
Five Traffic Ticket Myths Busted!

I've heard (and even told) plenty of "facts" about giving and getting traffic tickets. Like any other legal matters, there are plenty of urban legends surrounding the truth. Here are five you shouldn't believe. 1 - The Radar Gun This is probably the myth this writer has heard the most when it comes...Read More»

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SFPD To Go Lightly On Drivers Without Licenses, Ruckus Ensues

Many police departments around the U.S. impound the cars of drivers caught behind the wheel without a license. But starting Sunday, San Francisco plans to abolish that policy, calling it unfair to illegal immigrants. Mayor Gavin Newsom, police chief George Gascón, and supervisor David Campos...Read More»

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