Throughout the past three decades, 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 that analyze 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 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 repeat or multiple DUI offenses.
CALIFORNIA COMES DOWN HARD ON DRUNK DRIVERS
In California, these statistics have led to tougher punishment for drivers; 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, which are the DUI defendant’s responsibility.
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 work with a board-certified expert in DUI defense, such as Attorney Landry.
If you were recently arrested for a multiple DUI, contact us to discuss your case!