As the number of men caught drink driving begins to fall, the Sunday Times online reports that women’s drink driving offences are on the increase.

The number of women failing breath tests in 2006 has risen 20% compared with 10 years ago. This is coupled with a 60% rise in women who have committed drink or drug-driving offences recorded in England and Wales from 1995 to 2005.

Whilst we live in an era of ever increasing equality for women, large motoring groups such as the AA and the RAC have observed that women are striving to be more like men on the roads which could lead to disastrous consequences.

Sheila Rainger, acting Director of the RAC foundation, cites celebrities as the cause behind women’s dangerous driving. With icons such as Hollywood film star Lindsay Lohan abusing the drink driving laws and getting away with it, certain women are perhaps beginning to think they are invincible.

“Lohan, the 21-year-old star of Mean Girls, was sentenced in August to four days in jail for drink-driving and possessing cocaine, although she served just 84 minutes.” Rainger said.

The UK’s current drink driving limit allows women to consume 3 units of alcohol, the equivalent of two small glasses of wine. However, there is speculation that this limit is highly inaccurate and misguiding as many women do not have the body mass to cope with this amount of alcohol in their system.

The government is currently considering reducing the alcohol drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood which would bring the UK in line with most other European countries.

Random breath tests have also been discussed as an additional government measure having proved to be highly successful in Australia. The drink drive death rate in New South Wales was reduced by 50% saving 4300 lives.

Stephen Jury


January 28, 2008

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