Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Increase in Female Drunk Driving Offenders has Nevada Injury Lawyers Concerned


Yet another new study throws new perspective on a growing problem that is sure to concern Mothers against Drunk Driving and accident lawyers in Nevada. A study shows that the numbers of young women driving in an impaired state is steadily increasing, while the same rates for men are showing a downward trend.

This recent study was published in the February issue of Injury Prevention. Researchers studied data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 1995 and 2007. They found that the rates of female motorists involved in fatal drunk driving accidents over the years, have increased significantly. The researchers used data in five separate age groups -16-year-olds, 17-year-olds, 18-year-olds, 19 and 20 year olds and 21 to 24 year olds. They also studied data based on blood alcohol levels in a crash from 0.1gd/l to 0.15 gd/l.

The researchers found that there had been 179,891 fatal accidents involving drivers between the age of 16 and 24. Out of these, accident rates involving young men declined by about 2.5% per 100,000 people. This drop was seen mostly in young men between the age of 16 and 20. The rate stayed the same for young men between the age of 21 and 24.

The greatest spike in accident rates was seen in motorists with a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 GDL or more. Among men, the accident rates for this group increased by 2.4%. Significantly, the accident rate for women with a GDL of .15 or higher, also increased at the rate of 2%. However, the increase in the proportion of young motorists in fatal car accidents who tested positive for alcohol after an accident, was greater in young women than in young men.

There was an increase in the accident rate during weekdays for young women, which rose by 3.5%. The rate of accidents during the weekends, increased by 2.2%. In comparison, for young men, the rate of increase in accidents during weekdays was just 1.5%, while the rate of increase in accidents during weekends, was just .4%.

These statistics show that drunk driving rates among women, are rising steadily. This should be a matter of great concern not just to young woman and their families, but also injury lawyers in Nevada and organizations like Mothers against Drunk Driving. While much of this increase can be attributed to the fact that women are more independent now, and there is little frowning on social drinking by women, the fact is also that law enforcement agencies in Nevada have done little to focus specifically on female drunk drivers.

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