As the year comes to a close and a new one begins, NHTSA is teaming up with law enforcement to remind drivers that drug-impaired driving is dangerous and illegal. Our If You Feel Different You Drive Different, Drive High Get a DUI campaign, which runs December 18-January 1, aims to educate people about how driving while drug-impaired puts you, your passengers, pedestrians and other people on the road in danger.
By the Numbers
From 2008 to 2017, of those drivers killed in crashes who were tested for marijuana, marijuana presence had nearly doubled.
- THC, 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, including rumors that marijuana can’t impair you or that marijuana use can actually make you a safer driver. Several scientific studies indicate that this is false.
- It doesn’t matter what term you use: 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: Have a Plan
- 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, don't let them get behind the wheel.
- If you see an impaired driver, call 911. And always wear your seat belt—it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.