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Disturbing New Trend: More Women Driving Under the Influence

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, the number of women arrested while driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs was up 28.8...
August 31, 2009

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, the number of women arrested while driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs was up 28.8 percent in 2007, compared with 10 years before; over the same period of time DUI arrests of men fell by 7.5 percent. 

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms the FBI statistics, showing that women driving under the influence is becoming a national safety issue.  The study reports that about 2,000 fatalities a year involve an impaired female driver. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called the phenomenon "a very disturbing trend." A number of factors help explain the trend, including financial difficulties, relationship problems, work issues and the pressures of parenting.  Also women more commonly have jobs than in the past, allowing them to be more financially autonomous, and drive more. Dr. Janet Zollinger Giele, professor emeritus at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, said that autonomy and jobs give women the means to buy alcohol or drugs and the opportunity to hide addictive behavior.

Drunken Driving Arrests Among Women Increase (Pittsburgh Tribune Review 8/20/09)

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