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Do college students drink and drive more often than other people?

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2020 | Criminal Defense

While it’s true that anyone can get a DUI at any age, it is interesting to consider how someone’s age may impact the likelihood that they will be arrested. Since college students have a reputation for drinking at school, it stands to reason that they may drink and drive more than your average citizen. But is that true?

According to one study, 19% of drivers who were involved in accidents in which alcohol use was a factor were “college-aged.” The 19 to 25 age group makes up just 9% of all of the people in the United States. If you consider those to be the same two groups, this shows that college students are involved in about twice as many drunk driving accidents as other drivers.

Plus, those groups may not even overlap completely. Many people graduate from college at 22 or 23 years old. That means that the real population between 18 and 22 could be far smaller than the 9% noted above. But that just reinforces the idea that this age group does tend to drink and drive more often. 

The reason that they do it may not just be that they like to drink more. It could be that they simply don’t live at home. Many adults drink at their homes and have no reason to drive impaired. College students may move between the dorms, off-campus apartments, parties with friends and the local bars. This naturally just means more chances to drive. 

Getting a DUI in college can really cause a lot of issues for your future. It’s crucial for you to know about all of the legal options you have.