South Florida's largest newspaper has finally snagged its first Pulitzer Prize, the award committee at Columbia University announced this afternoon.
A three-part series called "Cops among Florida's Worst Speeders," which detailed how often -- and egregiously -- off-duty police officers speed on our highways, netted the honor for public service.
The piece, written and reported by Sally Kestin and John Maines, began with laconic prose:
We've all seen it, and now there's proof: Police officers sworn to uphold our traffic laws are among the worst speeders on South Florida roads.
A three-month Sun Sentinel investigation found almost 800 cops from a dozen agencies driving 90 to 130 mph on our highways.
Many weren't even on duty -- they were commuting to and from work in their take-home patrol cars.
The extent of the problem uncovered by the newspaper shocked South Florida's police brass. All the agencies started internal investigations.
According to the report, Florida cops speeding has killed 19 people and caused 320 crashes.
New York Times continued its Pulitzer clean-up, netting four more. Washington Post won one, as well as the Wall Street Journal.