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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For both male and female juveniles, arrest rates for driving under the influence declined substantially from the 1980s to the early 1990s.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Driving Under the Influence by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 187.2 22.0
1981 176.9 22.4
1982 191.7 25.5
1983 176.2 26.7
1984 148.2 24.3
1985 146.5 23.3
1986 172.2 27.2
1987 149.2 24.6
1988 150.9 24.4
1989 126.3 21.1
1990 125.1 21.4
1991 111.6 18.7
1992 87.3 14.8
1993 77.3 13.8
1994 77.3 13.5
1995 81.4 15.7
1996 96.4 19.3
1997 101.2 21.7
1998 105.5 23.5
1999 111.8 24.3
2000 104.0 22.9
2001 99.4 23.0
2002 100.6 25.5
2003 94.8 25.4
2004 88.6 24.8
2005 79.3 23.4
2006 85.5 27.3
2007 77.4 25.9
2008 68.7 23.5
2009 58.5 20.2
2010 52.1 18.5
2011 44.1 15.8

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.

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  • The male juvenile arrest rate for driving under the influence peaked in 1982, fell 60% by the mid-1990s, then increased through 1999. This increase was followed by a steady decline through 2011 (43%) that brought the male rate to its lowest level since at least 1980.
  • The female juvenile arrest rate for driving under the influence fell 50% from 1986 to 1994, then more than doubled by 2006. Despite a steady decline through 2011 (42%), the female rate in 2011 was 17% above its 1994 low point.
  • The disproportionate increase in the female rate since the mide-1990s narrowed the gender disparity in driving under the influence arrest rates. In 1980, the male rate was more than eight times the female rate; in 2011, the male rate was less than three times the female rate.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05245. February 25, 2014.

 

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