COPY POINT – Suspect

The use of the word “suspect” has been all over the board lately.  Best practice is to not use police jargon at all, but when we use it, take an extra second to make sure we are using it correctly.

 Suspect is the person police are looking for in a particular crime. They have been named, arrested, charged, or in some way, implicated.

 Better would be, “ The man ( or woman or child ) the police are looking for.. “

 Crimes are committed by robbers, rapists, thieves, men, women, bad guys, gunmen, thugs…etc. They are not committed by suspects.

 “The robbers tied up the couple and then ransacked their home.”

 There is no such thing as an UNKNOWN suspect. To look for a suspect, police must know who they are, or something about them.

 “Police are talking to neighbors to see if any of them saw the suspect rapist running from the area.

 “Police have no suspects”- That’s correct.  Avoid “the suspect can be seen beating the store owner on surveillance video.”  The video shows the ROBBER beating the store owner!

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COPY POINT : Accidents or Crashes?

Highway Safety professionals are gravitating away from calling the collisions between two vehicles “accidents” . Instead, more and more, they are calling them “Crashes”.

 I recently asked at DOT official why. He says its because rarely is the collision an “accident”. Almost always someone did something wrong.  Less than 15% of crashes are the result of environmental or road conditions.  85% of the time, driver error or negligence is involved. 

“Accident” may be a polite way to refer to a traumatic event, so often when we report them someone has died.  But, in fact, most are really just “crashes” .

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Local TV #1 for Weather; Cable Not Even #2

They may have cable channels out there devoted to nothing but weather reports, but a poll from Rasmussen recently found that the majority of Americans still rely on their local television station when they want to know how the weather may affect their plans. As it turns out, cable didn’t even come in second.As it turns out, cable didn’t even come in second.

Here is how the results shook out from Rasmussen’s survey, which asked respondents to identity their primary source of weather information:
* 54%: local television

* 20%: internet

* 19%: cable television

* 5%: radio

* 2%: newspaper

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Internet chomps TV as No. 1 news source for young adults

By Helen A.S. Popkin Technotica columnist/technology and science editor

Continuing its consumption of old-timey media, the Internet became the No. 1 news source for young adults in 2010, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Television still reigns across age groups combined, with 65 percent overall citing the living room standby as their main source for current events, but the olds are increasingly turning to the Internet as well. In a national phone survey conducted Dec. 1-5, 41 percent of the 1,500 adult participants said they get their national and international news from the Internet, up 17 points since 2007. It’s a trend that’s likely to continue, Pew reports.

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