Nearly One-Third of Teenagers Think Smoking Cannabis and Driving Isn’t Dangerous, Study Finds – News

As states across the U.S. continue to steer towards recreational cannabis legalization, many law enforcement officers and local lawmakers are fretting about how to keep pot users from getting behind the wheel after toking up. A new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) suggests that these widespread concerns about people driving stoned are completely justified.    

After surveying 2,800 teenagers, researchers found that a staggering 33 percent think driving while under the influence of marijuana is legal. On top of that, 20 percent reported that doing so is a common practice among their friends. The same survey data showed that 88 percent of teens believe that operating a motor vehicle while drunk is dangerous, but just 68 feel the same way about cannabis.

Interestingly enough, the perception that driving high isn’t dangerous is not just exclusive to teenagers. 1,000 parents were also surveyed for the study, and found that 27 percent think it’s legal, and 14 percent claim that it’s common among friends. Another recent study by used car dealership Instamotor found equally worrisome statistics. According to…

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