According to the Chicago Tribune, statistics released in a recent report indicate that more women have been arrested for DUI this year than ever before. By tracing data from 1995 to this year, DUI court-case watchdog Cathy Stanley found that there has been a steady decrease in male DUI cases while female DUI cases have been increasing each year.
In 1980, the percentage of overall DUI offenders that were female was only set at about 10 percent. Now, that number is more than 25 percent.
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There Are Many Possible Explanations For The Trend
Many people point to women’s changing role in society as a cause of the increased number of DUI arrests. They are more likely to have a high-powered job and to be pressured to drink at work functions. Other experts point to the fact that there are just more women who are driving compared to 30 years ago.
A closer look at the statistics included in the report offer another possible answer. Most women who are arrested for drunk driving say that a major and stressful life event directly contributed to their decision to drink and drive. The study also found that female drunk drivers are far more likely to have problems with controlled substances, such as opiates and sedatives, than men who are arrested.
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