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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
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This seven-month-long investigation revealed serious crashes, injuries and deaths caused by a danger that now exists in virtually every police car in the United States. Dashboard-mounted technology has turned modern patrol cars into offices on wheels. Computers, cameras, GPS devices, radios, smart phones and license plate scanners compete for the officer’s attention while driving, and the consequences of those distractions can be life altering. The series led to significant policy changes at two of the largest police departments in Texas. It sparked action from the world’s largest organization of police leaders. And our reporting also became mandatory safety training viewing for every highway trooper in one state.
Driver fatigue kills more people on the highways than texting, cell phone use and all other distractions combined. Yet the underlying factors of fatigue-related crashes have yet to capture the attention of Congress, the public and federal regulators. The WCNC-TV Investigative Team spent months drilling down into one cause that has received almost no national attention: sleep apnea. An estimated 13 to 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and with increases in obesity which is related to the disorder, that number is climbing. Studies show drivers with sleep apnea are exponentially more likely to crash. And millions of long-haul truckers are more prone to sleep apnea than the average driver of a "four-wheeler".
Distracted explores the steep societal and individual costs to our split-focus, hyper-mobile, cyber-centric lives. In our "knowledge" economy, the average worker switches tasks every three minutes on average, and a third of workers say they are so interrupted and busy that they don't have time to reflect on the work they do. We eat on the run, keep one eye on a gadget, and process the world in snippets. It's rare to pay attention to anyone or anything in full or for long. In this climate of diffused and splintered attention, workers, parents and children alike have less time to reflect, create and connect."
A survey conducted by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety indicates as many as 8,000 accidents are caused daily by drivers who are distracted. ... This series explored the extent of the problem in Iowa, what lawmakers, state transportation officials and law enforcement are doing to help reduce distracted driving and how the insurance industry views the problem.
Taylor examines the fight against cell phone use by drivers that has grown in many small communities; spearheaded by Patti Pena, who lost her 2 year-old daughter in an accident with a driver using a cell phone, six towns across the country have passed local oridnances against cell phone use while driving; the only roadblock to Pena and others is the telecommunications industry that has launched a well-funded effort to deter cell phone laws and replace them with driver education programs.