Driving under the influence of drugs is a serious road safety issue as abused drivers along with others sharing the road, both will be at risk. The rate of drugged driving was more in young adults in 2008. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2008, the drugged driving rate was highest at 12.3 percent among the teenagers and young adults aged between 18 to 25 years.

NIDA’s Monitoring the Future survey reported that more than 12 percent of high school seniors admitted to driving under the influence of marijuana in the 2 weeks prior to the survey in 2008.

According to the 2007 State of Maryland Adolescent Survey, 11.1 percent of the Americas licensed teenagers reported driving under the influence of marijuana on three or more occasions.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that road vehicle accidents are the major reasons behind the death of young people aged between 16 to 19 years. Teens have higher risk of being involved in accidents due to less driving experience. This lack of experience combined with drug abuse proves fatal for many of them.

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