Statistics released by the Ministry Of Justice have certainly showcased some worrying data for women drivers. As it turns out, whilst the number of men convicted in drink-driving cases has steadily decreased in the last decade, the number of women associated in drink-driving cases has dramatically risen.
The precise numbers dictate that the number of men convicted has seen a descent of 57 per cent opposed to their opposite sex which has seen a rise of 36 per cent. Many theories can be put forward to explain these bizarre circumstances but a combination of binge-culture, the rise of the infamous ‘ladette’ and the use of females as ‘designated-drivers’ seem to be the most likely culprits.
In 1990, just 6 per cent of those convicted for drink-driving offences (113,000 in all) were women, which was roughly 6,600 of the entire number. Fast-forward to 2010 and though the whole number of convictions had reduced to 54,000, the number of women convicted had risen to 17 per cent of the total.
With a heavy drinking culture strongly criticised in Britain, it doesn’t help that women are scientifically proven to be able to drink less than men, yet still be affected in the same way. Whilst this isn’t the equality between men and women that many people hoped for, the increase in convictions for female drivers suggests a cultural change as well as the increasingly significant responsibility placed on women’s shoulders. At the same time, the decrease in drink-driving convictions since 1990 highlight the efficiency of the harsher punishments handed out for the offenders, usually through hefty fines and jail sentences in the more severe cases.