Are more women being charged with drunk driving?

With Labor Day weekend coming soon, it is expected that law enforcement agencies will step up surveillance in order to catch drivers under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs. Like the other summer holidays (Memorial Day and Independence Day) the greater number of drivers presents a greater danger for tragic accidents caused by drunk drivers.

While many believe that police will single out male drivers for DWI stops, an increasing number of women are being charged with drunk driving. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that the number of women who received a DUI increased 36 percent, while the number of men charged decreased by 10 percent in the same period.

A number of factors may be attributable to this trend, including a greater number of binge drinkers in college towns of women drinking, and an increasing number of single parents who no longer drink by themselves. 

Additionally, women may become intoxicated quicker because they tend to have less muscle mass and process alcohol differently than men. Combine this with work functions that encourage social drinking, and it is understandable that more women are being arrested for drunk driving.

Indeed, men still make up more about 80 percent of all DUI arrests, but during the upcoming holiday weekend, it is likely that more women will be charged with drunk driving.

If you have been charged with a driving while intoxicated, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights and options.

The preceding is for informational purposes only,

 

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