Ohio Leads U.S. in Increase of Impaired Women Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes

The government says the number of women arrested for drunken driving has increased nearly 30 percent during the past decade, representing a dangerous trend for Americans on the nation’s roads.

Safety officials said Wednesday the problem was highlighted by a wrong-way crash involving a woman in New York last month that killed 8 people.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the number of women arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increased nearly 30 percent between 1998 and 2007. The number of men arrested under the influence fell 7.5 percent during the same period.

The department says the number of impaired women involved in a fatal crash increased in Ohio and nine other states from 2007 to 2008.

Ohio had a 17 percent increase in the number of drunken women drivers involved in fatal crashes between 2007 and last year. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says Ohio had the largest increase in impaired women drivers of the 10 states that registered higher numbers.