Driving under the influence is one of the most common offences in Canada. It is something that regularly resonates through social media, news articles and casual conversations.
It is something that we have always been warned against by our teachers in high school and by authorities in general. However, the number of offences committed every year is still rising.
Despite the buzz, the increased number of DUI offences is alarming. Contrary to common misconceptions, a DUI offence can change the way different applications, including college applications, and how a rental property or purchase, are perceived.
In this blog, we have talked about some of the surprising facts regarding DUI offences that are eye-opening for many.
Men Are Twice As Likely To Be Arrested For A DUI
Males have dominated drunk driving statistics for decades. Statistics show that approximately 75 percent of DUI offenders are men. However, over the past few years, the numbers have slightly changed.
Recent reports show that nowadays, more female defendants are found standing in front of judges for a DUI offence. Most of these women are less than 30 years old.
Two In Three People Are Involved In A DUI Accident
Despite the rising awareness and the constant social media and news coverage, the number of people involved in DUI accidents has increased. Statistics show that over half of the entire population have either been a victim of a DUI accident or have been involved in one.
This is an alarming percentage of the Canadian population involved in either side of the spectrum. Statistics further show that someone is injured in a drunk driving crash every 2 minutes.
One-third Of The People Arrested Are Repeat Offenders
Although this varies from state to state, an average of 33 percent of individuals arrested for a DUI has prior DUI conviction on their record. It is shocking to see that such a high percentage of drivers still continue to drink and get behind the wheel after they have already been convicted of at least one DUI.
Offenders keep going through the system, paying their fine and getting back on the road.
On Average, A Person Can Metabolize One Drink An Hour
As soon as you ingest a drink with high alcohol content, your small intestine starts absorbing the bulk of the alcohol into your bloodstream. It then reaches the liver, where it takes roughly one hour for the average person to fully metabolize.
Hence, waiting for at least an hour or two after the drink before driving is suggested. Moreover, knowing how a drink will be metabolized by your body will depend on your body composition, size, and metabolism as well as the level of alcohol content in the drink.
Individuals 21 To 28 Years Old Are Most Likely To Drive Drunk
Reports show that people ages 21 to 28 are more likely to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Even though they are legally allowed to drink, most of them, in the rush of the moment, take the chance of driving drunk.
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