NHTSA Reports Increase in Number of Women Arrested for Drunk Driving

The US Transportation Department is reporting an increase in the number of women arrested for drunk driving. Although there are still more males arrested for drunk driving than women—626,371 men were arrested for DUI in 2007 and only 162,493 women—from 1998 to 2007, there was a 28.8% jump in the number of female drunk driver arrests and a 7.5% drop in the number of men arrested for DUI.

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he is surprised at the rise in DUIs involving women. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) President Laura Dean Moody says that although the reason is unclear why more women are being arrested for drunk driving now than 10 years ago, she believes that it may be because females are facing greater pressures these days, such as having to be the breadwinner while their husbands are unemployed. Moody also noted that there are television programs that portray stay-at-home moms who drink as cool.

The NHTSA also is providing a breakdown of how many women and men were arrested for DUI over the last two years while they were involved in deadly Oregon traffic accidents.

• In 2007, 25 of the 144 women arrested for their involvement in a fatal Oregon motor vehicle crash had d BAC’s over .08.
• 22 of the 141 women arrested in 2008 had BAC’s that were above the legal drinking and driving limit.

• Of of the 434 men arrested for their alleged in involvement in a 2007 Oregon auto accident, 108 of them had BAC’s over .08.
• 94 of the 372 men arrested in 2008 had BAC’s above the legal drinking and driving limit.

Across the nation, the number of impaired female drivers who were involved in fatal auto accidents went up in 10 US states. About 2,000 traffic deaths each year involve women who were driving drunk.

In an effort to stop people from driving while impaired, police throughout the US will increase their efforts to arrest anyone caught driving drunk beginning Friday until the end of Labor Day . Last year, 40% of deadly US traffic accidents that occurred over this long weekend involved drunk drivers. Nationally in 2008, almost 12,000 people were killed in DUI crashes last year.

According to statistics, some two million drivers who already have multiple DUI convictions are expected to drive over the Labor Day weekend. These numbers don’t even take into account other motorists who may not have prior DUI convictions but may drink too much at a party or while spending time with family and friends and decide to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk. Portland, Oregon, Injury Attorney Matt Kaplan would like to discuss your car accident case with you.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Kicks Off Nationwide Enforcement Crackdown on Impaired Driving, NHTSA, August 19, 2009
2009 Impaired Driving National Enforcement Crackdown August 21 – September 7, 2009, NHTSA
Related Web Resources:
Alcohol-Impaired Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes by, by Gender and State, 2007 – 2008 (PDF)

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