According to 2011 data released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV), and analyzed by Southern California radio station
KPCC , there was a significant increase in the number of females arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or
drugs. The increase was noted throughout California, as well as Los Angeles
and Orange counties.
The analysis looked at 20 years of statistics relating to DUI arrests across
the state. According to
KPCC, there was an 11% increase in the number of women arrested for DUI between
1989 and 2011.
In 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available, women
made up approximately 24% of all DUI arrests in California. Researchers
also noted that the increase in female DUI arrests was most notable from
1999 to 2011. Other interesting facts found by researchers include:
An 81% increase in
DUI arrests of women between 51-60
- A 67% increase in DUI arrests of women between 61-70
- A 76% increase in DUI arrests of women between 70-76
- DUI arrests of women ages 21-30 increased by 34% in LA County from 1999 to 2011
Those numbers are quite staggering. While alcohol-related DUI arrests were
factored into the above numbers, we can’t help but wonder how many
of those DUI arrests involved driving under the influence of prescription
drugs. We mention DUI of prescription drugs because in recent years, prescription
drug DUIs have increased exponentially nationwide.
DUIs Do Not Discriminate
The analysis of DUI statistics can help remind all Southern California
and Orange County residents that law enforcement agencies have made DUIs,
including drug-related DUIs, a top priority.
Anyone can be arrested for driving under the influence, and as these statistics
reveal that women and older individuals are not exempt. This is due in
large part to widespread efforts to arrest, prosecute, and convict drunk
drivers, as well an increase in DUI checkpoints and law enforcement training
that enables police to better identify impaired drivers.
DUI Defense in Orange County, California
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our Orange County DUI attorneys
have worked with clients from all walks of life. Although our clients
have ranged in age and gender, they all faced the same harsh penalties
for driving under the influence, including driver's license suspensions,
large fines and fees, and often terms of imprisonment. No matter whom
our client may be, our legal team fights to protect their freedom and future.
If you were recently arrested for DUI in Orange County, allow our firm
to help. For more information about your case and defense,