Keeping our Teens Drug and Alcohol Free

Marijuana Use & Driving: Awareness of the Dangers

Studies show an increase in car crashes and deaths in states where marijuana is legalized compared to states where it’s not. As highlighted in the article above, marijuana use negatively affects motor skills and impairs brain function — increasing the possibility of a crash.

Most teens in our community understand that drinking and driving is dangerous, but that attitude does not seem to carry over to marijuana. Four times as many DHS and HPHS students drive after using marijuana than after drinking alcohol.*

To help address this, talk to your teens about the dangers of driving under the influence – whether that is from alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.

Source: Illinois Youth Survey at DHS & HPHS, 2018