A new report on teen drug use seems to indicate that more teenagers than ever before are turning to marijuana as a recreational drug. This coupled with their propensity for texting and riding with friends leads many analysts to predict that many of these stoned teens are likely getting behind the wheel.

Traffic school teaches the dangers of driving while under the influence of any mind altering substance, whether it’s allergy medicine, cough syrup or something else, these things decrease your ability to think clearly, react quickly or make good decisions.

A recent study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions showed that almost 20 percent of teenagers admitted to getting behind the wheel while under the influence of marijuana. This is a shocking statistic especially when consider at least a fair number of the kids they surveyed likely didn’t admit their deeds out of a sense of guilt.

According to the most recent Governor’s Highway Safety Association report, the number teen deaths as a result of a traffic accident increased for the first half of 2011. This was the first time in eight years the trend downward reversed course. Vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death fr teenagers in the United States, even as overall traffic related deaths are down.

When someone is under the influence of a mind altering substance they are not likely to make good decisions, that’s likely why they think it is a good idea for them to get behind the wheel of a 4,000 pound vehicle and try to navigate their way through busy streets. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea for anyone, especially teenagers who are already three times as likely as anyone to die in a vehicle crash.

Don’t take chances with your teen. Experts say the best way to talk to kids about drugs is to just-talk. Then talk to them about defensive driving. Together, drugs and driving are the worst enemies your kid will ever have to face.

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