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Report on Arrests for Driving Under the Influence in California, 1997

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This report presents 1997 arrest data and multi-year arrest data for driving under the influence (DUI) in California.
The data presented are intended for use by the public and government entities in the development and evaluation of relevant criminal justice programs and legislation. DUI arrests in California declined 40.9 percent from 327,186 in 1988 to 193,250 in 1997. The DUI arrest rate per 100,000 population declined 49.7 percent from 1,166 in 1988 to 586.4 in 1997. From 1996 to 1997, DUI arrests declined 5.2 percent, from 203,794 to 193,250. The number of DUI arrests peaked in 1990 at 366,834. More men than women were arrested for DUI each year (in 1997, 86.8 percent of DWI arrestees were men); however, the percentage of women arrested increased by 2.6 percentage points, from 10.6 in 1988 to 13.2, in 1997. From 1988 to 1997, there was a shift in the percentage of total arrests for each race/ethnic group; the percentage of whites arrested for DUI decreased 14 percent (from 55.7 percent to 41.8 percent); and the percentage of Hispanics, blacks, and others increased 14 percent (from 44.3 percent to 58.3 percent). From 1988 to 1997, the percentage of 29-year-olds and younger arrested for DUI decreased 9.2 percent (from 50.8 percent to 41.6 percent), and the percentage of 30-year-olds and older increased 9.2 percent (from 49.2 percent to 58.4 percent). 8 tables, 4 figures, and 7 appended supplementary tables