Getting convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol carries serious consequences. In New York, convicted drunk drivers can face civil and criminal penalties including fines, jail time, driver's license suspension and the requirement to use an ignition interlock device.
These aren't the only consequences drunk drivers face, though. In addition to penalties imposed by the courts, a drunk driving conviction - or even an arrest - can have significant impacts on a person's personal and professional life. This principle is highlighted by a recent drunk driving arrest involving former New York basketball star Kenny Anderson.
In 2011, several years after his stint in the NBA was over, Anderson was hired as the basketball coach of a high school in Florida. However, Anderson's tenure at that job was marred by more than one drunk driving incident, and after the most recent arrest he was let go.
Three months after Anderson started his new job, he was involved in a car accident that caused property damage. He left the scene, but when police found him they noted that he smelled strongly of alcohol. Despite this, Anderson was not charged with drunk driving.
Then, last weekend, Anderson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he was spotted swerving in his vehicle. He posted a $500 bond and is awaiting further action on the charges.
However, the arrest alone was enough to cause Anderson's employer to decline to review his contract for the coming school year. Though the school did not say so directly, the implication was that Anderson's history of drunk driving did not make him an appropriate role model for young students
Source: The Palm Beach Post, "Ex-NBA Star Kenny Anderson Loses High School Coaching Job After DUI," Matt Porter, May 1, 2013
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