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In May of 2015, 12 female officers from the Colorado Springs police department filed a lawsuit against the city. The women claimed they were unfairly singled out by the department’s mandatory physical fitness test, but did those claims have merit? A U.S. District Court judge has ruled on the case, and this ruling could affect how police test for physical fitness all over the state. Did a Fitness Test Discriminate Against Female Officers? Every year, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department have to undergo a physical fitness test. Most officers pass this test easily—in 2014, around 98 percent of officers passed the test. However, it was the demographic of those who failed that caught some attention. Nearly 40 percent of the Female police officers over the age of 40 who took the test failed. Failing this test results in the loss of duties and a reassignment in the department….
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The 2018 motorcycle season is fast approaching, which means we all need a refresher course on our riding skills and our safety measures. This is especially true considering the motorcycle safety efforts undertaken by Colorado police and traffic officials last year. But were those 2017 motorcycle safety efforts effective? Did 2017 Motorcycle Safety Efforts Pay Off? Late afternoon on January 19th, Grand Junction police received a REDDI (Report Every Drunken Driver Immediately) report. Several motorists had seen a red sedan driving erratically on Patterson Road, and they suspected the driver was drunk. Unfortunately, just before police received this alert, that red sedan crashed into a motorcyclist while turning off Patterson Road. The motorcyclist did not survive. This rider was one of the 35 people who died on Colorado roads between January 1st and February 1st. Considering that 630 people died in 2017 traffic incidents, this number isn’t a good sign….
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In early January, Takata expanded its recall of faulty airbag inflators once again. This latest announcement means a new wave of repairs is about to kick off, and here are the details you need to know. 3.3 Million Defective Inflators Added to the Takata Recall If you own a 2009, 2010 or 2013 vehicle manufactured by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or Tesla, then you need to pay attention to this latest expansion of the Takata Recall. Some vehicles manufactured in these years could have frontal airbags capable of inflicting fatal injuries. These inflators are powered by the chemical ammonium nitrate, but when this chemical is exposed to high temperatures and humidity, it becomes unstable. This means that the chemical can explode with extra force, destroying its aluminum canisters and showering passengers and drivers with deadly metal shrapnel….
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