Palm Beach DUI Accident Illustrates Risk Factors Involving Women
A West Palm Beach woman was recently arrested and charged with DUI after leading police on a high-speed chase, NBC5 News reported.
Police in Palm Beach Gardens say she rear-ended a car at PGA Boulevard and North Military Trail, and then took off toward I-95. Two officers attempted to knock on the door of her minivan as she stopped at the entrance to the interstate, but report she ran a red light before fleeing northbound on I-95, reaching speeds of 90 mph and driving in the emergency lane to pass slower traffic. She turned at the Donald Ross exit and was eventually stopped and detained. Police say her blood-alcohol level was .234 -- nearly three times the legal limit. She was booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident.
Our Drunk driving accident attorneys in West Palm Beach note intoxicated motorists continue to be the primary threat faced by drivers. Statistics just released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show 10,322 motorists were killed in traffic collisions involving alcohol in 2012, up nearly 5 percent compared to the 9,865 fatalities reported in 2011. While young males have long been most responsible for serious and fatal drunk driving collisions, the number of collisions blamed on women has skyrocketed in recent years.
DUIs among women on the rise across U.S.
In the 1980s, only 9 percent of DUI arrests were women. Today, women account for about 25 percent of all DUI arrests, according to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. These cases are of particular concern when children are involved; child endagerment charges may also accompany drunk-driving charges in such cases. In 2012, more than 1,160 children under the age of 14 were killed in motor-vehicle crashes. Nearly 240 of those involved an impaired driver.
Sociologists point to many reasons for the increasing number of female arrests, including the changing role of women in society, the increasing number of women in the workplace, and the increasing stress placed on the growing number of women who are their household's primary wage earner. While much of April's focus of Alcohol Awareness Month is on preventing underage drinking and driving, let's make it a point through Easter and Mother's Day to make sure wives, mothers and grandmothers have the tools necessary to cope with life stress.
The increasing number of female drunk drivers follows a general upward trend in the number of women dealing with substance abuse issues, according to the National Institutes of Health. While the ratio of men/women dealing with alcohol disorders was estimated at 5:1 in the 1980s, women now account for one-third of cases. And women may be at particularly high risk of developing dependency on prescription narcotics.
Automobile collisions involving drunk drivers are always complex. In many cases, passengers in a drunk-driver's car are also victimized and may seek compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is injured in a traffic accident, contact David J. Glatthorn at 800-990-9394 to discuss your rights. Serving Palm Beach County and all of South Florida.