The dangers of “toking and driving” Show Notes

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Do your kids know about the dangers of “toking and driving?”

According to a study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, nearly 20% of teens have driven while high on marijuana.


Responding to the report, Kristin Varela of wrote this:  "While parents seem to have done a fairly thorough job instilling in our kids the importance of not driving after drinking alcohol—apparently we've been slacking off a bit on relaying the dangers of driving after smoking pot."

By the way, according to Canadian researchers, a person who smokes marijuana within three hours of driving is twice as likely to cause a crash as someone who is sober.

The researchers, from Dalhousie University, say that marijuana” impairs performance of the cognitive and motor tasks necessary for safe driving."

They examined and analyzed nine previous studies and determined that people who drove high are more than twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

So mom and dad, when you talk to your kids about the dangers of drunk driving, make sure they understand that driving under the influence of pot is also a very bad idea. 

And hammer this message home as well--never, ever get into a vehicle if the person behind the wheel has been drinking…or toking. 

BTW, a great resource for parents of teens is the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Their website is

I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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