DUI Statistics

Men are 3X More Likely to Get Arrested in Michigan for DUI

According to 2014 statistics compiled by the Michigan State Police, men are being discriminated against when it comes to arrests relating to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Its true.

Men are being arrested of DUI in greater amounts than women, and in today’s climate of “social justice”, this trend could be, to some, very disturbing.  In fact, men are 3 times more likely to be arrested for DUI than women. 73% of DUI arrests in 2014 were men.

This means only one of two things….

1) Men are dumber than women and choose to drive under the influence in much higher proportions than men, or…

2) Law enforcement is discriminating against men and profiling men in higher numbers than women.

#MenLivesMatter?

You decide.

March Madness Increases Chances of DUIs in Michigan

Its that time of year again – March Madness.  The time when basketball fans from across the country cheer on their favorite college basketball team as they make their way to the Final Four – the most coveted position in all of college basketball. 

As with any other major sporting event, fans will be watching and celebrating while drinking their favorite adult beverages.   Many of these drinking fans will be college students – underage college students at that.  Yep, college students from all across Michigan will be celebrating the next 3-4 weeks, and some will be stupid and get behind the wheel after having just a few too many.

Here’s a word of advice: If you plan on drinking during March Madness mayhem, please don’t drive afterwards.  Michigan cops are well funded, and will be out in force to catch you if you do.

Law enforcement agencies in 26 counties throughout Michigan will be noticeably stepping up drunk driving enforcement through April 8. The enforcement initiative began March 13 and is being paid for with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Statistics point to this time of year as being deadly.  A five-year review of crash data indicates both alcohol use and lack of seat belts play a significant role in fatal and serious injury crashes in March and early April.   The time period not only includes the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, but also St. Patrick’s day and spring break for both high school and college students.

“Michigan law enforcement officers are specially trained to identify and arrest drunk drivers,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning director. “A motorist’s best defense is to designate a sober driver.”

Last year’s crackdown on Michigan drunk drivers proved successful in the eyes of the law.   In 2012, 2,488 people were arrested for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament time period.  Of those, a whopping 789 were arrested under the state’s high blood-alcohol content (also known as the “super drunk” law) with blood alcohol of .17 or higher.

So don’t be stupid at this time of year. If you are stupid and get pulled over and charge with a DUI in or around Grand Rapids, call us at 616-541-6134 24 hours.

10,839 Killed in 2010 Due to Legally Drunk Drivers

Although the rate of alcohol-related driving deaths have decreased significantly since 1982, drinking and driving still accounts for roughly 31% of all traffic fatalities.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,808 people died in traffic crashes in 2010.  A whopping 10,839 people of those killed in 2010 were due to drunk drivers on our roads and highways.  All of these deaths occurred when the driver of the vehicle had a BAC (blood alcohol level) of .08 or greater.

Among the people killed in these drunk driving crashes, 65% were drivers (6,627), 28% were motor vehicle occupants (2,872), and 7% were non-occupants (729), with an average of one person dying in a drunk driving fatality every 51 minutes.

Between 1991 and 2010, the rate of drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 population has decreased 48% nationally, and 63% among those under 21.   One factor cannot completely be the sole reason for the significant decrease, but it is most likely a combination of education, awareness of the problem, and increased law enforcement, including DUI checkpoints instituted by local police departments nationwide.

Alcohol-related deaths between 1982-2009:

Total fatalities
Alcohol-related fatalities
Year
Number
Number
Percent
1982
43,945
26,173
60
1983
42,589
24,635
58
1984
44,257
24,762
56
1985
43,825
23,167
53
1986
46,087
25,017
54
1987
46,390
24,094
52
1988
47,087
23,833
51
1989
45,582
22,424
49
1990
44,599
22,587
51
1991
41,508
20,159
49
1992
39,250
18,290
47
1993
40,150
17,908
45
1994
40,716
17,308
43
1995
41,817
17,732
42
1996
42,065
17,749
42
1997
42,013
16,711
40
1998
41,501
16,673
40
1999
41,717
16,572
40
41,945
17,380
41
42,196
17,400
41
43,005
17,524
41
42,643
17,013
40
42,518
16,919
39
43,443
16,885
39
42,532
15,829
37
41,059
15,387
37
37,261
13,846
37
2009
33,808
12,744
38

Source: Alcoholalert.com

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