Both Mets fans and Yankees fans are anxiously awaiting the end of spring training, counting down the weeks until the two teams pack up their gear to leave Florida and come back to New York to start the regular season. In fact, while most of us tend to think of spring training as something to be endured rather than enjoyed, it has produced some rather notable headlines this year. Just last weekend, for example, a member of the Mets was arrested on DUI charges in Florida.
Many New Yorkers were undoubtedly left scratching their heads earlier this week after reading a rather unbelievable story concerning a DUI arrest, an on-duty police officer and a crashed squad car.
It is no secret that getting convicted of drunk driving can lead to serious penalties. Even a first-time offender in New York will have to pay several hundred dollars in a fine and face up to one year in prison.
The State of New York has many laws and regulations that apply to drivers on our roadways. Many of these laws address relatively minor issues, such as noise pollution, and the punishment for minor violations often comes in the form of fines.
Tomorrow is the big showdown between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. The two teams will battle it out in front of thousands of fans live in the Lucas Oil Stadium. The National Football League championship will be broadcast on the televisions of fans hosting Super Bowl XLVI parties in New York and across the nation.
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.