Throughout the past several years, a number of organizations and government
agencies have focused heavily on
driving under the influence (DUI). As part of this focus, many safety officials have conducted studies
DUI arrest rates – especially those involving multiple offenders. According
to the data from these studies, repeat DUIs are actually common occurrences.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
– which includes several different studies over the past 10 years
– show that roughly one-third of all drivers arrested for DUI are
repeat offenders. Other statistics about repeat DUI offenders show that:
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels and prior traffic violations are
significant predictors of repeat DUI offenses.
- A large percentage of repeat DUI arrests involve controlled substances,
such as marijuana and prescription drugs.
- Drivers with a prior DUI conviction have 4.1 times greater risk of being
involved in a fatal accident than drivers who have not been convicted.
Multiple DUI statistics say a lot about how serious of an issue driving under the influence
has become. The data has prompted safety advocates and lawmakers to pass
harsher laws and punishment in hopes of reducing the high rates of
California Comes Down Hard on Drunk Drivers
In California, these statistics have led to tougher punishment for drivers,
both for those who are arrested for their first DUI and a repeat offense.
Additionally, drivers arrested for a subsequent DUI within 10 years of
a DUI conviction face enhanced penalties with each repeat conviction.
Drivers who are accused of four or more DUIs within 10 years face felony charges.
Many jurisdictions are also requiring first and repeat DUI offenders to install
ignition interlock devices (IIDs) in their vehicles, which act as breathalyzers that prevent drivers
from starting their vehicles if alcohol is detected.
Studies have found that in states requiring convicted motorists to install
IIDs, recidivism rates generally decline. IIDs are yet another burden
for convicted individuals, and they present additional costs from installation
and monthly calibration fees.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our Orange County DUI lawyers
are experienced in protecting the rights, freedoms, and futures of drivers
facing charges for a multiple DUI.
Because the stakes are higher in repeat DUI cases, anyone being charged
for their second, third, fourth, or subsequent DUI should be intent on
working with experienced attorneys.
If you were recently arrested for a multiple DUI,
call 877-384-7833 to discuss your case!