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Are men more likely to get a DUI?

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2018 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It is a common belief that men are more likely to get a DUI than women. Of course, any drunk driver on New Jersey roads is a bad thing. However, understanding who is most likely to do it can help officials find ways to stop them from doing it.

Guardian Interlock says studies do prove the common belief true, and most drunk drivers are men. However, the number of women getting DUIs is rising. The percentage of women arrested for DUI rose 15 percent from the 1980s to the early 2010s. This is not a trend anyone wants to continue.

Compounding this change is the fact that men have and continue to drive more than women. So, despite that staying steady, women are still getting more DUIs. This shows the statistics speak the truth that this is a rising problem.

Studies show women who are single mothers have a more likely chance of being stopped for driving with intoxicated. In addition, women on average get intoxicated faster than men, meaning it does not take as much to make them illegal to drive. A woman may think she is fine without realizing that she is over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Paying attention to the fact that there is a rise in women getting behind the wheel after too many drinks can help law enforcement and others be more aware. If you are a bartender, for example, you may not so easily overlook the woman leaving your bar and getting into a car. You may recognize she is not safe to drive because of this and stop her from making a huge mistake. This information is for education and is not legal advice.