Report says drunk driving is on the rise among women, declining in men

In last week’s news, we heard about the New York mother, Diane Schuler, who was responsible for a deadly fiery wrong-way car accident that killed herself and four children in her car and three men traveling in another vehicle. When the toxicology reports came out, Schuler’s blood alcohol level was 0.19 percent, nearly two times the legal limit for drivers.

A recent report by the AP says that federal studies show that the abuse of alcohol has been increasing among women. And, while driving under the influence (DUI) arrests has decreased over the past ten years for men, it has increased in women. In fact, FBI statistics show that driving under the influence arrests among women was increased by almost 30% in women when comparing 1998 with 2008.

These statistics are especially chilling when you think that drunk drivers often have their children in the car with them. Says the director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Chuck Hurley, “It’s the ultimate form of child abuse.”

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