'Fast and Furious' movies might cause hyped-up audiences to drive too fast, according to a NYT study of speeding tickets

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  • “The Fast and the Furious” may cause an increase in speeding, according to a New York Times study of traffic tickets in Montgomery County, Maryland. 
  • The study found increases in average speed in tickets for the weekends following the releases of three “Fast and Furious” movies, as well as increases in “extreme speeding.”


“The Fast and the Furious” franchise has notably driven hoards of people to the theaters (as one of the most successful movie franchises in history), but it may also be leading people to drive faster than they normally would, according to a new study published in The New York Times on Tuesday.

The Times study, led by Anupam B. Jena, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, found that “rates of extreme speeding” increased in a sample county following the releases of three “Fast and Furious” movies.

The study examined 192,892 speeding tickets recorded in Montgomery County, Maryland, between 2012 and 2017. It found that, in the three weekends after the release of a “Fast and Furious” movie, compared to the three weekends before, ticketed speeds increased almost 20 percent, “to an average of 19 miles per hour over the speed limit, from 16 miles per hour.” 

“Extreme speeding” also increased drastically in the same manner, according to the study, as “the percentage of drivers charged with driving more than 40 miles per hour above the speed limit nearly doubled.” The study found extreme speeders were often also concentrated within two miles from movie theaters, which they say suggests speeding “induced by moviegoing.”

Though the scope of the study is limited, the article makes for an entertaining read on the possible effects of a franchise that remains relevant on a large scale. 

“The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth and latest movie in the series, earned over $1.2 billion worldwide after its release last summer. The release of the ninth film in the series has been delayed a year to April 2020. 

SEE ALSO: ‘Fast and Furious’ movie delayed until 2020 – Business Insider

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Criminal Minds Exclusive: Linda Barnes Goes After Prentiss … – TV Guide

Well, we finally know what Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes) is up to on Criminal Minds, and as suspected, it’s not good.

In this week’s exclusive clip, Barnes reveals that she’s not going after the entire BAU — just Prentiss (Paget Brewster). She’s using Reid’s (Matthew Gray Gubler) arrest in Mexico last year as a catalyst into how the BAU has performed under Prentiss and our fair leader’s job may be at risk.

Criminal Minds Exclusive: Is Linda Barnes Trying to Split Up the BAU?

According to Barnes, “mistakes have been made” since Prentiss has expanded the team and now her performance as BAU leader is going to be evaluated. She claims that the team is guilty of putting loyalty above FBI process, which isn’t going to fly with Barnes who has ambitions of making director.

Is Prentiss going to be able to survive this witch hunt or will the BAU be looking at getting another leader this season?

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c.

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Breaking the Ice: Judgeship opens new direction in criminal law – Minnesota Lawyer

Name: Jill Eichenwald

Title: Judge, 6th Judicial District

Education: B.A., psychology, College of St. Scholastica; J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law

For 6th Judicial District Judge Jill Eichenwald, serving on the bench enables her to continue working in criminal law without the stress of being a public defender.

Eichenwald, whose chambers are in Duluth, particularly wanted to serve in the 6th District to be part of the innovative services developed there.

“Our treatment courts, we’re a leader throughout the state,” Eichenwald said. “We have as many treatment court options as Hennepin County does. We have a veterans court, a mental health court, a drug court, a DUI court. …

“The judges here are all willing to be a part of larger conversations to solve underlying problems in the community that contribute to using our justice resources.”

Eichenwald had a solo practice before joining the 6th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office.

“There was a desire to be learning and doing new things but I didn’t want to give up working within criminal law,” Eichenwald, appointed in 2015, said of transitioning to the bench.

Q. What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?

A. Ask about my kids and my family. I have twins who are 20. They’re sophomores in college. They’re both really great people. My daughter is an athlete. Currently her sport is golf, but she also plays hockey. She goes to college at St. Scholastica, my alma mater here locally. My son is in St. Louis, Missouri, in a conservatory program at Webster University studying musical theater. He’s a talented young man who is very lucky to be able to pursue that. That or Disney. I’m a bit of a Disney fanatic. My children are also Disney fanatics.

Q. What prompted you to study law and pursue it professionally?

A. Ninth grade we studied the judicial system in government, and we did mock trials, and that was when I declared I was going to be a lawyer.

Q. What books are on your bedside table or e-reader?

A. Jodi Picoult, “Small Great Things,” was the most recent book that I’ve been recommending to people. She does a lot of current legal ethical issues stuff. This one also just happened to encompass race stuff as well. This particular book had a public defender that was very true to my experience. I also like historical fiction, particularly about World War II and the Holocaust.

Q. What’s a favorite activity outside your job?

A. Nature photography. It’s something I’m able to do when I’m out hiking and walking our lake whether it’s the beach or the lake walk.

Q. Is there an attorney or judge, past or present, whom you admire most?

A. Fred Friedman, who was the chief public defender here for many years. I always admired his legal knowledge. I consider him my primary mentor. With Fred, truly more than almost anybody I’ve ever met, there is not a person who is not worthy of his time.

With Judge [Sean] Floerke, his compassion for sure. Obviously he’s a smart man. All of my colleagues are smart; all of my colleagues are of good character. But it’s his compassion, his drive to be an agent of change, to not only identify problems but then to find innovative solutions to them.

Q. What, if any, is your favorite depiction of the legal professional in popular culture?

A. “The Practice.” The defense attorneys were regularly struggling with professional responsibility issues, professional ethics issues. They would set up scenarios where what they should do from usually the professional responsibility perspective was somehow in contrast to personal ethics. That was always intriguing.

“Bull,” which is about using social psychology in the courtroom, and I just find that fascinating. I don’t find it realistic. But I find it fascinating. That was my research project in college, social psychology in the courtroom. So now, 30 years later, to have them using technology in addition to the social science research in the courtroom to impact or influence a case has been a very interesting concept to me.

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