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Study finds age group most likely to drive under the influence

Posted on August 24, 2018

Are you wondering who is most likely to drive under the influence in Colorado? A recent study just asked the same question, and statistics showed that male drivers in their 20s outrank all other groups when it comes to impaired driving.

The study, which was carried out by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, looked at cases from 2016, including over 27,000 incidents. All involved driving under the influence. According to that study:

  • The peak age for DUI arrests is 25 for male drivers.
  • The peak age for DUI arrests is 24 for female drivers.
  • Around 75 percent of all drivers who got arrested were men.
  • Overall, individuals in their 20s committed more offenses than other age groups.
  • When only looking at male drivers in their 20s, they made up over 30 percent of the total. There were 8,011 of them included in the study.
  • Men came in even higher, at 88 percent, when you just looked at the felony cases.
  • Men were arrested more often than women when they had a prior drunk driving offense on their record.
  • When filtering for people with at least three previous DUIs, the study showed that 86 percent of them were men.

While the reality is that anyone can drive drunk — both men and women, of almost any age — this study definitely paints a picture of what the arrest patterns look like in Colorado. This is the first study in the country to do this, and it will be interesting to see if more states follow suit.

Those who do get arrested must be well aware of all of their legal defense options.