Women are catching up to men … in getting DUIs

From today’s Chicago Tribune:

Research shows that while the number of male drivers arrested for DUI has declined since 1995, the number of female drivers arrested has been rising.

In 2011, the latest year for which FBI statistics are available, DUIs by female drivers accounted for nearly 25 percent of all DUI arrests, compared with about 10 percent in the early 1980s.

My client base reflects similar percentages.  My guess for the increase is only that, a guess, and it really isn’t anything different from the guesses that are contained in the article, which are:

  • women today are more likely to go out on their own or to go to bars or restaurants and drink with their friends.  Even in the recent past, when they were going out to a bar, they were more likely to go with a male escort who was usually the driver;
  • women are working more hours which often leads to binge drinking on the one night of the week or month when they can go out and have fun;
  • more restaurants and bars that cater to or are more appealing to women;
  • the reduction in the “legal limit” from 0.10 to 0.08 may have resulted in more female DUIs, because women tend to drink less than men; and
  • the increased use of prescription medications which can affect one’s driving, either when taken alone or in combination with alcohol.

What do you think?


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