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Drugged Driving

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Top Right Figure: In 2009, 1 in 3 drivers killed in car crashes tested positive for drugs1.

Top Left Figure: More than thirty-one million people drove after drug or alcohol use in 2013. The highest rate was among 18- to 25-year-olds2.  Impaired driving in the past year is shown on a bar chart.  Two percent of 12−17 year olds, 20% of 18−25 year olds, and 12% of those 26 or older drove under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol in the past year.

Middle Figure: Driving after marijuana use is more common than driving after alcohol use. College and high-school seniors who drove or rode with a driver after alcohol or marijuana use.  Among college students who used in the past month, nearly 1 in 3 drove after marijuana use and nearly 1 in 2 rode with a driver who had been using marijuana3. Among high-school seniors, in the past 2 weeks, 1 in 8 drove after marijuana use and 1 in 5 rode with a driver who had been using marijuana4.  The bar chart shows that 7% of college students drove after drinking alcohol and 31% drove after using marijuana; while 16% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and 45%  rode with a driver who used marijuana. Among high-school seniors, 9% drove after drinking alcohol and 12% drove after using marijuana; while 15% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and 20%  rode with a driver who used marijuana. 

Bottom Figure:  High-school seniors who smoke marijuana are two times more likely to receive a ticket and 65% more likely to get into a car crash than those who don't smoke.

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Develop Social Strategies

  • Offer to be a designated driver
  • Have the designated driver take all car keys
  • Avoid driving to parties where drugs and alcohol are present
  • Talk to friends about the risks of drugged driving

References:  1 NHTSA, 2010; 2 SAMHSA, NSDUH, 2014; 3 Whitehill et al., 2014; 4 O'Malley & Johnston, 2013

This page was last updated July 2015