It's National Teen Driver Safety Week:
Teens: Parents can be the biggest influencers on your choices behind the wheel – but it’s ultimately up to you to make the right decisions. There are a number of risks to consider before you make the decision to drive:
While you’re too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol, in 2016, nearly one out of five teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in a fatal crash had been drinking. In 88% of fatal crashes involving a teen driver & alcohol, it was the teen driver who was killed.
But alcohol isn’t the only substance that can keep you from driving safely:
Marijuana, like many other drugs, affects a driver’s ability to react to their surroundings. Driving is a complex task, & marijuana slows reaction times, affecting the driver’s ability to drive safely.
Illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs can impair driving & have deadly consequences as well.