Age does play a large role in drunk driving cases. As a general rule, older individuals are less likely to drink and drive. This could indicate that, even though they still drink, it is less of a social event for them. They may simply drink at home and not have to drive, rather than going to a bar or a social gathering.
Young people, on the other hand, appear to be the most likely to drive while intoxicated. One report put Millennials, or the members of Generation Y, in the top spot when it came to the likelihood of intoxicated driving. They were noted by 35.8% of those in the study, which was the largest single percentage for any age group. Millennials are currently between 25 and 39 years old.
The next age group was just slightly younger, with members of Generation Z. They are from 16 to 24 years old, meaning that many of them are not even legally allowed to drink or may have just become legally allowed to drive. Even so, they were identified by 31% of those in the study.
The next two age groups were Generation X (19%), which includes those from 40 years old to 54 years old, and baby boomers (14.1%) which includes those from 55 years old to 75 years old.
Clearly, DWI charges can come at any age, but the stats simply show who is most likely to get one. Since young people may worry that a DWI will impact their careers, educational opportunities and much more, it is crucial for them to know what legal defense options they have.