July 2019 Archives

How fines create a cycle of debt and jail

Some people in Texas who commit relatively minor violations, such as driving on a suspended license, can find themselves caught in a legal system where they're further penalized for being unable to pay fines. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1983 that it's illegal to put people in jail who are too poor to pay fines, many debt-ridden offenders feel like they are in a kind of prison.

Some cities are safer than others for drivers

In 2017, roughly 6,452,000 drivers throughout America were involved in automobile accidents. Generally speaking, accidents are more likely to occur in large cities where there is more traffic on roads and highways. According to the 2019 America's Safe Drivers Report, Brownsville, Texas is the safest city to drive in. An individual in that city can go up to 15 years without getting into a wreck. Baltimore was the city where a person was most likely to encounter unsafe driving.

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