A study done by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) showed that teens are relaxing their attitudes about driving while under the influence. Nearly 20 percent of teens admitted to driving under the influence of marijuana and 13 percent of teens report driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to USA Today, Liberty Mutual and SADD conducted the survey last year with 2,300 11th- and 12th- graders to gauge their attitudes and feelings about driving while impaired. Only 70 percent of teens believed that driving while high on marijuana was "distracting" to their driving, this is down 8 percent from 2009. Among teens that said they had driven while high, 36 percent said that marijuana was not a distraction to their driving.
The survey's findings show a "a dangerous trend toward the acceptance of marijuana and other substances compared to our study of teens conducted just two years ago," says Stephen Wallace, senior adviser for Policy, Research, and Education at SADD.
Numerous accidents are caused every year by impaired drivers, these accidents can lead to severe injuries and the deaths of innocent people. If you or a loved one has been involved in accident due to another driver being under the influence, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the auto accident attorneys at Phillips Law Group to discuss your legal options. The law firm offers free case reviews to the injured.