In the last ten years, the number of females arrested for drunk driving in the U.S. has outpaced males, the Washington Post reports.
Citing national FBI and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics compiled through 2007, the Post observes that DUI arrests for women have increased nearly 30 percent for women since 1998, while dropping about eight percent for men.
To some degree, Virginia seems to run counter to this trend, however, at least in terms of serious injury. In Virginia, the number of highway fatalities attributed to intoxicated female drivers dropped from 50 in 2007 to 34 in 2008; for men, it increased from 235 to 242 during the same timeline. And according to the Virginia DMV, of the 31,469 people convicted of DUI (a nine percent increase over 2007), 79 percent were male while only about 20 percent were female.
At a recent event kicking off a nationwide sobriety enforcement campaign on the nation’s roads, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that “impaired driving is an issue that cuts across all segments of society and, sadly, the number of arrests of women driving under the influence is on the rise. This is clearly a very disturbing trend.”
Nonetheless, four times as many men as women are arrested nationwide for drunken driving.
The Virginia state police or other law enforcement agencies will participate in a federal anti-DUI program called Checkpoint Strikeforce over Labor Day weekend. State and local police in Virginia will be redoubling their efforts during this high-risk travel period to ensure that impaired drivers are detected and arrested.
Regardless of gender of the person behind the wheel, car accidents brought about by impaired drivers cause serious injuries and death every day across the state of Virginia.
If you–or someone you love–have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident, you need to know your legal rights. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Personal Injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. for a free consultation, Toll Free 877-544-5323.