Teen drivers and marijuana: A ‘dangerous trend’

Michelle Healy
USA Today

A growing percentage of teens do not see marijuana use as a distraction while driving, and nearly one in five (19%) say they have gotten behind the wheel after smoking pot, a study out Wednesday finds. Thirteen percent of teens report driving under the influence of alcohol.

In the study of nearly 2,300 11th- and 12th-graders across the country, commissioned by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD, 70% of teens said marijuana use is “very” or “extremely” distracting to their driving, down from 78% in 2009.

The findings reflect “a dangerous trend toward the acceptance of marijuana and other substances compared to our study of teens conducted just two years ago,” says Stephen Wallace, senior adviser for Policy, Research, and Education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

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