NHTSA Reports Increase in DUI Arrests for Women

A report on DUI arrests was released on August 19th amid fanfare generated by NHTSA for their latest anti-DUI initiative. Speeches by Transportation Secretary LaHood and MADD President Laura Dean-Moody were along the lines you might expect, and there was a press release on the NHTSA website. The study is “Alcohol Impaired Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes, by Gender and State, 2007-2008.” DOT HS 811 095.

The report indicates that between 1998 and 2007, DUI arrests for women increased almost 29%, while arrests for men dropped about 7.5%. The NHTSA study points out that the latest data shows that traffic fatalities involving women who were allegedly impaired by alcohol increased or stayed the same in 15 states, while for numbers remained the same or increased for men in 13 states. The study claims that this is significant in light of the overall 9% drop in alcohol related fatal crashes. What the NHTSA report did not emphasize is that in 40 states fatalities in “alcohol related” accidents involving women drivers actually declined or was unchanged. It only went up in 10 states. That doesn’t sound as threatening, but numbers that alarm justify NHTSA budget increases and larger grants for MADD. The overall numbers reflect a reduction in fatal wrecks involving alcohol impaired women of 1% from 2007 to 2008, so the trend apparent in the FBI data is a reduction in fatal DUI crashes last year..

CNN quoted the MADD president as blaming the increase in DUI’s among women as possibly attributable to increasing economic pressure (more women in the workforce who then drink to reduce the stress of being in the workplace) and television presentations of glamorous women who stay home and drink.

Written by Allen Trapp who is board certified by the National College for DUI Defense and the author of Georgia DUI Survival Guide Visit Website Written by Allen Trapp who is board certified by the National College for DUI Defense and the author of Georgia DUI Survival Guide Visit Website

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