If asked to describe the typical driver arrested for DUI, there is a very good chance that most of us would describe a man. As if turns out, however, that isn't entirely accurate.
While plenty of male drivers do indeed get arrested for DUI, so do many female drivers. In fact, a recent story in Time Magazine shows that the number of female drivers arrested for drunk driving is actually on the rise.
Time covered a recent meeting of the Transportation Research Board, in which members discussed a growing epidemic of female drunk driving. The members of the board, however, conceded that it was sometimes difficult to find statistics on this issue.
While that may be true, a report by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation does reveal that that DUI arrests for women rose nearly 30 percent from 1998 through 2007.
This isn't entirely surprising from a statistical standpoint given that female drivers now outnumber male drivers in the United States by 2 million.
Numbers aside, however, what's the real reason behind the increase in DUIs among women?
Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a single answer to that question. The Time story, though, says that more women are simply opting to engage in risk-taking behavior. At the same time, marketing campaigns for alcoholic beverages are increasingly targeting women. The author also theorizes that the traditional factors that increase drinking -- stress, anxiety and a desire to fit in -- are as strong as ever.
The story also takes a look at the efforts of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation to identify trends among female drunk drivers. According to the foundation, many women drank because there were other people around them, while others begin drinking after the birth of children. Others were empty nesters who might drink to shield themselves from such stresses as divorce or the declining health of their parents.
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A DWI/DUI arrest can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.
When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
Time, "Why women drink and drive," Kathy Steinmetz, Jan. 24, 2013