According to a new study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, which I learned about by reading an article in the San Jose Mercury News, a startling number of youths are driving after smoking marijuana. One in five teenagers admitted to driving after smoking marijuana, or 20%. This figure is higher than teens who admit to driving after drinking alcohol, which was 13%.
The article does not discuss the possible reasons for the high number of kids who think it is ok to smoke marijuana and drive. One possible explanation is the increase of marijuana use for “medicinal” purposes. It seems like everyone nowadays has a doctor’s excuse for lighting up a dooby. Kids too young to buy alcohol can often get such a recommendation. Their parents may also smoke marijuana for medical reasons, sometimes before driving. This gives kids the impression that driving while under the influence of marijuana is safer than driving under the influence of alcohol.
It is important to understand that driving while under the influence of any substance is potentially dangerous. This goes for alcohol, some prescription medications, and marijuana. It can also lead to you being pulled over and arrested for DUI, even if you were simply following doctor’s orders.
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