Drunk-driving arrests up among women: report

January 11, 2012

Ottawa – The number of women arrested for drunk driving in the United States has increased over the past 30 years, with a 29 percent increase between 1997 and 2007, according to a report (.pdf file) from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation.

The report stated that in 1980, only 9 percent of alcohol-related arrests involved females, but increased to 15 percent in 1996 and 20 percent in 2004.

The report’s suggestions for treatment of female drunk driving offenders include providing child care and transportation support to make women more likely to participate in treatment. Additionally, the report recommends that single-gender treatment programs be made available to female offenders.