October 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Driving under the influence has always existed with both sexes; for decades, the majority of DUI convictions across the U.S. has been among men. However, more women are being arrested for drunk driving in recent years. The Chicago Tribune reports that female drivers now account for about 25 percent of all drunk driving arrests - a rise from 10 percent in the 1980s. Opinions vary on why more women are drinking and getting behind the wheel, but many experts believe society changes and more pressure on women today can be contributing to the increased numbers of women getting DUIs.
On average, women get drunk faster than men due to their smaller size and the way they process alcohol. What may not intoxicate a large man can lead to an average-sized woman getting arrested. Women face increasingly difficult demands on their family and professional lives, which can lead to drinking problems later in life. In fact, studies have shown that women develop drinking problems faster than men.
Tough DUI laws can be costly and life-changing
Recently a woman was charged with a DUI and child endangerment after she was caught drinking and driving in Cherokee County with three children in her vehicle, according to Georgia Daily News. The laws regarding drunk driving are severe in Georgia, to protect people from being hurt by drunk drivers. However, the same laws can change the life of a person who made a mistake and might want help.
According to MADD, a first DUI can result in the following consequences:
Driver's license revocation
The installation of an interlock safety device
Mandatory alcohol abuse treatment
Any of these consequences can be costly and remain on a person's driving record for years. Additionally, a drunk driving conviction usually results in high fees and sometimes jail time. The penalties for subsequent convictions are even more severe.
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation says that most women feel a need to be accountable for their actions after a drunk driving arrest; however, many can feel that they didn't have their issues addressed in court, or receive the help they needed for issues that may have contributed to an alcohol problem. Statistics have shown that most women arrested for a DUI have been affected by a stressful life event, such as a divorce, the loss of a job or the illness or death of a loved one. Most are already suffering from depression or anxiety.
Getting help from an attorney
It can often help to treat someone with a DUI charge with compassion, and to help her receive the resources she needs to get her life back on track and avoid any future charges. An experienced drunk driving defense attorney will know the services a woman needs to change her life for the better, and may be able to get some charges lessened or dropped in court.