Tag Archives: driving

Ex-Amherst Prez, Former Wesleyan Student Marx Arrested for Drunk Driving

Finally, news that can make Wesleyan, Yale, and Amherst look bad all at the same time. Anthony Marx [’81, almost], a former Wesleyan student who transferred to Yale after two years and served as Amherst’s 18th president until earlier this year, was arrested this Sunday on drunk-driving charges “after the library-owned car he was driving backed into a parked vehicle in Upper Manhattan.” The kicker: Marx is currently president of the New York Public Library. And he was driving a library owned car. And his blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal driving limit. And, oh, it was 3 pm on a Sunday afternoon:

According to the complaint, Mr. Marx was driving a 2009 Audi when the accident occurred in front of 10 East 138th Street around 3 p.m. on Sunday. The arresting officer, Alan Cheung, described Mr. Marx as having watery and bloodshot eyes and breath that smelled of alcohol, according to the complaint.

Mr. Marx released a statement on Monday through a library spokeswoman, Angela Montefinise, saying, “I deeply regret embarrassment caused to my family and to the New York Public Library.”

Study Reports Teens Texting While Driving… a lot

Not that we didn’t already know that this happens frequently, but the PEW Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project published a report yesterday with some pretty shocking numbers about teenagers texting while driving.

From a survey of 800 teens age 12-17, the study found that one in four (26%) of American teens of driving age say they have texted while driving, and half (48%) of all teens ages 12 to 17 say they’ve been a passenger while a driver has texted behind the wheel.

Among other statistics, the study found that:

  • Half (52%) of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. That translates into 43% of all American teens ages 16-17.
  • 40% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.
  • Boys and girls are equally likely to report texting behind the wheel.

Car and Driver Magazine, as well as several other news souces, have reported that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while drunk.  So why isn’t there the same stigma against it?  This is frightening data and I can only hope that people are starting the realize how serious it is.

What are your thoughts?  Share in the comments!