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Hot Pursuit In the past few years, police car chases have become a staple of local television news, and a voyeuristic thrill for millions of viewers. The question left unanswered is why? Why do motorists run when they know the chase will likely end in an arrest or a crash? And why and when do police decide to chase? What is it that fascinates the public so much about these dangerous pursuits? IN HOT PURSUIT explores this phenomenon and gets inside the psychology of the modern-day police chase. Host Bill Kurtis examines the anatomy of a pursuit, probing the minds of the suspects to see how the excitement of the chase affects their perilous decisions. Viewers not only hear from law enforcement authorities and news directors, but from the suspects themselves, and we see how the fugitive, the media and even the police can turn these high-speed chases into deadly crashes.



 In August 2000, Dennis and Mary Hill lost their 13-year-old daughter, Amy, in a tragic car accident. Investigators believe that Mary Hill's BMW was traveling at 73 miles an hour when it slammed into a tree.

What you need to know when baby's on the go! -- According to the NHTSA, over 80 percent of child car seats are installed incorrectly. In order to simplify this installation process and enhance child safety, an innovative tether system has been developed. This means big changes for both car seat and automobile manufacturers. This article will help you get up to speed on the latest advancements in child safety.

For over 30 years the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes and reduce injuries. The research focuses on countermeasures aimed at 3 factors in motor vehicle crashes --human, vehicular, and environmental -- and interventions before, during, and after crashes to reduce losses.

Mary Hill says the crash that killed her daughter, Amy and her daughter's best friend Carrie Brown was a tragic accident. But prosecutors say it's vehicular homicide.

A former stripper who ran down six teens as they picked up trash alongside a Las Vegas highway on March 19, 2000, was sentenced to 18 to 48 years in prison Friday, a verdict the judge said "neither sides will be happy with." Jessica Williams, now 22, faced up to 120 years in prison after being convicted on Feb. 16, 2001, of six counts of driving with a prohibited substance in her blood, one count of use of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Update:Judge Michael Douglas granted Williams, a new trial in February 2003. Douglas ruled the carboxylic acid, a marijuana metabolite, in Williams blood after the accident is not on Nevada's prohibited substance statute. Prosecutors appealed Douglas' ruling to the Nevada Supreme Court, and a new trial has been stayed pending a decision from the justices.

How safe are SUVs? Should the government do more to protect consumers? An overview of the SUV's hidden history and a look at the politics of auto safety.

Links to individual vehicle ratings.

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Are you on the road to danger? -- How many people on the road right now are drunk or drowsy? Some say driving without enough sleep is every bit as dangerous as driving drunk.

Dozens of children are killed each year when left unsupervised in or near vehicles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 78 children died in accidents linked to parked cars between the summers of 2000 - 2001. More than a 1/3rd died from heat exposure. The report comes after 2 small children died in Southfield, Michigan after their mother left them in the car for 3 hours while she had her hair done. Tarajee Maynor, 25, is charged with murder. Janette Fennell, director of KIDS 'N CARS, said such deaths are easily preventable.

Find auto safety information quickly with Crashtest's comprehensive listing of International crash-test results and insurance risk data.


Why we haven't stopped drinking and driving? The crash that killed teenager Mark Shreck was "a ticking time bomb." So was the maiming of Becky Dewar, a child rendered quadriplegic by her father's drunken driving.

Hit-and-run victim, Gregory Biggs, 37, a former bricklayer living in a homeless shelter was left to die stuck in a windshield. The Fort Worth, Texas nurses aide, Chante J. Mallard, 25, apologized to the man as he bled to death in her garage but did not seek help for him. His body was found Oct. 27, 2002. Clete Jackson, 27, is charged with evidence tampering in the death of Biggs. He removed the man's body from the car and dumped him in a park to try to conceal the hit-and-run. Mallard remains jailed on $250,000 bail. A tipster came forward and told police Mallard talked and laughed about the alleged hit-and-run while at a party. Biggs could have survived with medical attention.

Should There Be a Retrial in the 'Stop Sign Murder' Case? -- Three young people found guilty of taking down a stop sign and causing a deadly car crash. And now their manslaughter convictions have been tossed out. Should there be a retrial? And why is one of the defendants behind bars? Joining us from jail in Hillsborough County, Florida

America's truckers, in an industry that thrives on low pay and long distances, are driving tired and killing hundreds. Industry leaders say fatigue is a minor cause of accidents but fatigue is a much bigger problem than the industry acknowledges.

The scars of I-295 -- In 1992, dozens of attacks on motorists using rocks, chunks of concrete and bullets left 1 man dead and 4 hurt. They remain unsolved.

More pedestrians die crossing US 19 than all other major Pasco roads combined. Why? Most of the accidents have several common factors. Seeing the light -- Authorities are giving pedestrians flashing lights to help stem the death toll. Ultimately, it's up to the pedestrians themselves.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fails to adequately protect motorists and their passengers.

The Center For Auto Safety -- Consumers Union and Ralph Nader founded the Center for Auto Safety CAS in 1970 to provide consumers a voice for auto safety and quality in Washington and to help lemon owners fight back across the country. CAS has a small budget but a big impact on the auto industry. With less than half what General Motors spends on a single Super Bowl commercial, CAS has taken on the auto giants and won for consumers.

Ticket Assassin is directed to California residents, many tips can be used in other states. The site's mission is to make citizens aware of their legal right to contest unfair traffic citations.

How Seatbelts Work - How can a piece of fabric end up being the difference between life and death? What does a seatbelt actually do? Learn how seatbelts react in a crash.

The unsolved 1936 hit-and-run death of Della Call, 33, wife and mother, struck near her home. Her elderly companion, Mary Edgerly, was injured. On foot, they had just stepped off the lawn The vehicle came out of the night, struck the women from behind, and drove off. There is no record of anyone, other than those involved, having seen what happened. Styles Bridges, perhaps the most powerful political figure ever to represent New Hampshire in Washington, has long been rumored to have been involved.

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Over twenty-five years ago, the most famous traffic accident in American history sank the career of Ted Kennedy and changed the direction of American politics. While Americans watched a man land on the moon, Kennedy's car plunged into the water, killing Mary Jo Kopechne. What really happened on Martha's Vineyard the night of July 18, 1969? Why did the accident go unreported for ten hours? Contemporary news accounts, extensive interviews and the latest findings and theories make this the definitive account of Chappaquiddick. Hear from the diver who found Kopechne's body, and trace the investigation through revealing interviews with local and state authorities who worked the case. Meet the reporters who covered the story and learn of the numerous roadblocks that led many to suspect a cover-up. And in an exclusive interview, a former Kennedy aide reveals his pivotal role in the affair.

Fatal Collisions
by Robert Foster, Rick Hosking, Amanda Nettelbeck


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