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 email@example.com) 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:
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:
Search results for "drunken driving fatalities" ...
A Phoenix Magazine investigation reveals that Arizona streets are among the deadliest in the country. "The chances of being killed in a car accident in Arizona are 40 percent higher that anywhere else in America," the magazine reports. The reporter finds that red-light runners, as well as illegal and drunken drivers are more common in Phoenix than in other cities. Another finding is that the Valley's many rural roads and high speed limits contribute to the fatality rate in car accidents.
The Indianapolis Star reports on a Richard Sallee, a judge who had twice as many aquittals in drunken driving cases than other judges; on defense attorneys for drunken drivers who also work as judges hearing druken driving cases; the drop in conviction and the continuation in casualties; the ability of convicted drunken drivers to avoid jail time; and the battle over reducing legal drinking limits.
High Rollers: At Riverboat Casinos, The Free Drinks Come With a Tragic Toll; Drunken Patrons Hit the Road and Cause Fatal Crashes; The Lawsuits Pile Up; No Help from Mr. O'Lucky
A Wall Street Journal investigation of riverboat casinos in rural areas reveals that most have a free drink policy that owners know contributes to drunk driving accidents. The Wall Street Journal was "able to prove that riverboat casinos, in pursuit of higher profits, plied patrons with free alcoholic drinks, often got them drunk, then allowed them to drive away. We showed that, because of the rural location of most riverboats, this policy often lead to fatal accidents; that the casinos knew of these accidents; and that they knew free alcohol helped impair the judgement of gamblers, thus tipping the odds in their favor."
Hallinan tell us that free drinks offered by many casinos in Louisiana have led to a lot of drunken patrons hitting the road and causing fatal accidents. The highest rates of injury due to drunk-driving crashes occurred in parishes that surround the state's casinos.
A Tampa Tribune investigation revealed that "Florida motorists flee crash scenes to avoid drunken driving charges, abandoning dying victims. By the time police catch drivers, they're sober, and likely to escape a prison sentence.... They find unlikely conspirators: judges. Florida judges don't use all the tools at their disposal, including the ignition interlock..." The newspaper tracked a year's worth of such cases for this series.
WKRC-TV in Cincinnati revealed "how a multiple drunken driving offender, one with a DUI-related fatality and a lifetime driving suspension on his record, was able to repeatedly obtain driver's licenses, cars, and six more DUI convictions using the names of dead childhood friends. ... Our investigation uncovered major loopholes and weaknesses in Ohio's DUI laws, and in the way court and police records are kept."
The reporter spent six months investigating computerized court records to determine why there are so many alcohol-related fatal crashes in Oklahoma. In his four part series, he outlines a court system fraught with loopholes; reluctant to fully criminalize drunken driving or aggressively treat the underlying abuse issues.