Additional research has linked the increase in women DUI convictions to the fact that women are simply driving more. Currently, in the U.S., women drivers outnumber men. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute concluded that as of 2010, more than 105.7 million women were licensed to drive in the U.S., compared with only 104.3 million men.
With the drastic increase of women drivers, it is only natural to see an increase in women drunk driving, in comparison to past decades. Further, researchers expect the population of women drivers to continue to increase which may eventually correlate with even more women being arrested and/or convicted of drunk driving offenses.
Another factor that has been attributed to women drunk driving is the difference between women and men blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. Research shows that women absorb and metabolize alcohol differently than men.
According to the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, “in general, women have less body water than men of similar body weight, so…women achieve higher concentrations of alcohol in the blood after drinking equivalent amounts of alcohol.” Hence, with DUI laws lowering the BAC level, more women are now registering as driving while intoxicated.
I recommend you read the TIRF report for a detailed overview of research pertaining to the increase of women driving drunk.
If you have been charged with drunk driving in Washtenaw County, contact me for a case review. I am here to help you through your touchy situation. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.