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Top Right Graph: Thirty-two million people drove after drug or alcohol use in 2012. The highest rate was among 18- to 25-year-olds.  Impaired driving in the past year is shown on a bar chart.  Three percent of 12−17 year olds, 22% 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 Graph: Driving after marijuana use surpasses drunk driving. College and HS seniors who drove or rode with a driver after alcohol or marijuana use.  Among college students, nearly 1 in 3 drove after marijuana use and nearly 1 in 2 rode with a driver who had been using marijuana. Among HS seniors 1 in 8 drove after marijuana use and 1 in 5 rode with a driver who had been using marijuana.  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 HS 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.

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This page was last updated August 2014