Next time you're in your car, glance to your left and right -- chances are you'll spot someone texting or checking emails as they're driving, and even though it's illegal, most will get away with it. Each day in the United States, approximately nine people die and more than 1,000 more are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers, many of whom were suspected of using their cell phones at the time, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Cities like Los Angeles are deploying a new weapon to force people to pay parking tickets: a newer, lighter "boot" called the Smart Boot. When an LA Parking Enforcement officer boots a car, the wheels are locked up and owner technically can't drive it again until they call a toll-free number and pay all their outstanding tickets. But the NBC4 I-Team has found a handful of drivers are finding ways to outsmart the Smart Boot.
When George Martinez gets parking tickets in LA, he rarely pays them. "I just throw them away," Martinez told NBC4. "I pay them if I can. If I can't I just throw them away." Martinez is one of thousands of people the I-Team found who aren't paying their parking tickets in Los Angeles, which is against the law. And we found out, cities like LA often let them get away with it. The NBC4 I-Team obtained and analyzed a list of all unpaid tickets in the city of LA.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".