For the first time in ten years, statistics show that the number of women arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increased 28.8 percent. Compared to the same period, the number of men arrested under the influence fell 7.5 percent.
Unfortunately, during this period drunk driving arrest remain high. In 2007, 626,371 men were arrested and 162,493 women were arrested. A spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), commented that she was unclear why there has been an increase in the number of women arrested for impaired driving. Perhaps the reason is that more women are the breadwinners because of the unemployment rate.
Maybe the reason for this increase is due to the fact of more aggressive law enforcement tactics. Law enforcement does not discriminate between men and women, especially if they are drunk drivers.
In addition, the number of impaired women drivers involved in a fatal crash increased in 10 states from 2007 to 2008 and about 2,000 alcohol-related deaths involve women every year. The states that showed an increase are Ohio, New Hampshire, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, West Virginia, Indiana, Washington State, Kansas and Tennessee.
Remember, if you are drunk or under the influence of alcohol or drugs and decide to drive, you will get a ticket and maybe jail time. DUI is a serious crime that not only affects you but also affects others when you are driving.