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Marijuana-Smoking Teen Drivers on the Rise, Think It's No Big Deal

Marijuana-Smoking Teen Drivers on the Rise, Think It's No Big Deal

A new study says teen drivers are driving high on marijuana more and more these days.

While research is split on whether being stoned behind the wheel makes you a more dangerous driver (most of the data says it does, but some suggests otherwise), this can't be a good thing.

According to recent a Mutual Liberty Insurance / Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) survey:

Nearly one in five (19 percent) of teenage drivers say they've gotten behind the wheel while high.

In fact more teens admitted toking and driving than drinking and driving (13 percent).

According to a summary of the data:

... Many teens don't even consider marijuana use as a distraction to their driving. More than one-third (36 percent) of teens who have driven after using marijuana say the drug presents no distraction to their driving.

That probably stems from research that argued stoned drivers are slower and more deliberate.

But Stephen Wallace, senior policy, research and education adviser at SADD, said this attitude "reflects a dangerous trend toward the acceptance of marijuana:"

Marijuana affects memory, judgment, and perception and can lead to poor decisions when a teen under the influence of this or other drugs gets behind the wheel of a car.

Our advice? Weed is only for us big kids who stay at home ... where it's cozy.

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