January 16, 2007
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A teenage driver is stopped by a police officer who smells alcohol on the youth’s breath. But how does the officer detect marijuana, or other drug use?
Findings from the Pride Survey National Summary 2006 suggest that illicit drugs may be more prevalent than alcohol in teenage impaired driving.
As the chart above shows, 10 percent of 12th grade students said they drink alcohol in a car while nearly 14 percent said they use an illicit drug. Eleventh and tenth grade students showed similar responses.
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were more likely to use alcohol in a car. But the situation begins to change in the ninth grade, a time when some students begin to obtain driver’s licenses. See chart for details. The survey questionnaire does not ask if the student were driving.
A recent study in Ireland found that nearly one-third of drivers stopped for suspected impaired driving tested positive for illicit drugs – more than the number who were found to be above the legal alcohol limit.
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