According to a new study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a third of teens believe that smoking marijuana and driving is legal.
The study, which was conducted in surveys in April and May of this year, found that out of 2,800 teens surveyed, 33% believed tha driving under the influence of marijuana is legal in states where marijuana is allowed recreation-ally.
The surveys also found that more than 20% of the teens reported that its common among their friends to drive while smoking marijuana.
In comparison to driving under the influence of alcohol, 88% of teens thought it was dangerous while only 68% thought it was dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana.
Mike Sample, the lead driving safety expert and technical consultant at Liberty Mutual said, “Driving under the influence of marijuana significantly impairs motor coordination, judgment and reaction time. It’s important for parents and teens alike to understand the importance of not smoking marijuana and driving to help keep everyone safe on the road.”