Why Are More Women Being Arrested for DUI?

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, 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:

  • 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

These 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.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “A 2010 nationwide study of deadly crashes found that about 47 percent of drivers who tested positive for drugs had used a prescription drug, compared to 37 percent of those who had used marijuana and about 10 percent of those who used cocaine.”

“Many drivers who cause crashes are found to have both drugs and alcohol or more than one drug in their system, making it hard to know which substance had the greater effect,” the NIDA reports.


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 DUI, 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.

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 range in age and gender, they all face the same potential penalties for DUI, including driver license suspension, large fines and fees, and imprisonment. No matter whom our client may be, our legal team fights to protect their freedom and future.

Related: “Truth About Repeat DUI Offenders”

Arrested for DUI in Orange County? Allow our firm to help. For more information about your case and defense, call (949) 537-2202.

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