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Do men get DWIs more than women?

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | DWI

Both men and women can be arrested on DWI charges in Texas, of course. Police officers are not supposed to take gender into account when making an arrest. In fact, women tend to become intoxicated more quickly than men, so drunk driving may be more of a risk in this sense.

However, when you look at the statistics, men get arrested for DWIs more often than women do. Why is this?

Men drink more

To start with, men consume more alcohol than women. Higher levels of drinking simply mean that men are more likely to be impaired behind the wheel. Increased levels of alcohol consumption can also mean that this impairment lasts longer.

Men drive more

On top of that, men also drive more miles than women every year. Part of the reason for this is that, when couples are traveling together, men are more likely to drive. Statistically speaking, when an officer pulls over a vehicle, odds are that a male driver is behind the wheel.

Men take more risks

Additionally, some research says that men are more likely to engage in risk-taking activities. A woman who feels she has had too much to drink may be more likely to call a taxi or a friend. A man may be more likely to risk it and try to drive home, even though he is impaired.

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Are you facing DWI charges? They can have a major impact on your future, leading to fines, jail time and a license suspension. Be sure you understand all of your criminal defense options.