As the year comes to a close and a new one begins, NHTSA and law enforcement remind drivers that drug-impaired driving is dangerous and illegal. The If You Feel Different, You Drive Different Drive High, Get a DUI campaign, which runs December 13 - January 1, aims to educate people that driving while drug-impaired puts you, your passengers, pedestrians and others other road users in danger.
By the Numbers
During the past few years, more drivers have been making risky decisions when they're behind the wheel. From 2019-2021, NHTSA conducted a study at several trauma centers and medical examiner offices involving drivers who were seriously injured or killed. The study found that about 26% of those drivers had active THC, which is found in marijuana, in their system.
- The psychoactive component of marijuana can slow reaction times, impair cognitive performance and make it more difficult to keep a steady lane position.
- There are many misconceptions about marijuana use, such as rumors that it can make you a safer driver or it can’t impair you. Several scientific studies show that this is false.
- If you’re feeling a little high, buzzed or stoned, never get behind the wheel. If you do, you will be arrested for DUI.
Be Responsible: Plan Ahead of Time
- Plan a safe and sober ride home ahead of time.
- If you’re hosting a gathering, make sure all your guests have a sober ride home.
- If you have smoked or ingested an impairing substance, do not drive.
- If you know someone who is impaired, take their keys and don't let them get behind the wheel.
- Call 911 if you see an impaired driver.
- Always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.