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Alleged License Test–Cheating Bus and Truck Drivers Are Surprisingly Safe

School buses idle in front of a school in Manhattan's East Village on January 15, 2013 in New York City. Drivers of the city's school buses are set to go on strike tomorrow after negotiations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to reach an agreement; over 150,000 children will need to find an alternate method of transportation to school.
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A DMV cheating ring in which applicants for commercial driver’s licenses allegedly paid “a few thousand dollars” each to have answers provided on written tests relied on bribed security guards to keep quiet, the New York Times reports. One scam involved a pencil, slipped to test-takers, with a coded answer key carved into the sides. Another involved test-takers passing their tests to an alleged organizer, who then brought them to a fast-food restaurant for someone else to fill out. But two different participants eventually came forward, and prosecutors wound up charging nineteen people in the scam. Some 60 are believed to have paid for test answers. Amazingly, “prosecutors said that none of the drivers who cheated on the tests went on to have an accident.”

Alleged Cheating Drivers Are Surprisingly Safe