Last month, our blog reported on how the New York Public Library was officially doing damage control after Dr. Anthony Marx - the highly regarded former president of Amherst College and recently appointed library president - was charged with DUI.
If asked to name the largest U.S. cities with the highest percentage of DUI arrests/citations, most people would likely pick places like New Orleans, or Miami for the simple reason that they are warm weather locations with an active nightlife. As it turns out, this approach would be somewhat off the mark.
The DUI laws here in the state of New York can be extremely unforgiving when it comes to driving privileges. To illustrate, first-time offenders face not only steep fines, but also driver's license suspension and even the installation of an ignition interlock device.
As you've made your way across New York's many streets, highways and freeways, you have more than likely witnessed a wide array of otherwise questionable driving behaviors, including speeding, failing to obey posted traffic signs, and talking/texting on a cell phone to name only a few. After witnessing such behavior, you probably thought to yourself that our state has the worst drivers in the entire United States.
Most problems concerning the New York Public Library likely have to do with funding, overdue fines, loud patrons or perhaps even stolen books. However, the revered institution is currently dealing with a bona fide scandal after its head official was arrested for DUI last weekend.
Ignition interlock devices have been used to deter individuals convicted of drunk driving in New York from once again getting behind the wheel. Currently, there are more than 200,000 ignition interlock systems installed on cars in the United States. The goal of these devices is to prevent drinking and driving and reduce the number of serious car accidents caused by drunk drivers.
In recent news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a comprehensive - and very interesting - survey concerning the trends/patterns of driving under the influence (DUI). In fact, the survey even determined which U.S. states had the highest and lowest rates of drunk driving. Where did New York rank on the list?
Last August, the state of New York enacted the final provision of Leandra's Law, a rather stringent DUI law named after an 11-year-old girl who was tragically killed in a drunk driving accident on the West Side Highway back in 2009.
Now that summer is officially winding down, people across the state of New York will be looking to maximize their time spent outdoors before the leaves start to fall and the gray skies return. This means more time spent at BBQs, baseball/softball games, parties and outdoor restaurants/taverns with patios. However, one of the staples of all of these outdoor events is alcohol and with this abundance of alcohol comes an increased risk of motorists driving under the influence (DUI).
Football fans here in New York City and across the nation were undoubtedly overcome with happiness when the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) announced that they had agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this week. Now that the season is officially scheduled to start, teams will be scrambling to sign free agents, including wide receiver Braylon Edwards who made headlines just last week after pleading guilty to DWI/DUI-related charges in a New York City courtroom.