Thursday, August 20, 2009

DUI Arrests Among Women Rising

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the FBI have released some figures signaling a disturbing trend among women. From 1998 to 2007, the number of women arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol increased 28.8 percent. At the same time, the number of men arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol actually decreased by 7.5 percent, although the number of men arrested during this period outstripped women by about four to one. According to the Department of Transportation, these figures show that impaired driving by women is becoming a national safety issue. Despite an overall decline of 9 percent nationwide in the total number of drunk driving crashes, the number of women involved in fatal drunk driving crashes increased in 10 states and remained flat in 5.

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