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  • Among the 414 females respondents who reported being stopped in Ventura County for a DUI 58 (14% reported using other drugs, besides alcohol, on the day of their DUI arrest. Of the 58 females, 53% reported using prescription drugs, followed by marijuana (33%), methamphetamine (14%), cocaine (7%), other drugs (5%), and heroin (3%).
  • Young adult females in Ventura County’s DUI program are over-represented. They drink 6 or more drinks on the day of their arrest and drive farther.
  • In Ventura County, 1 in 8 high school seniors reported that within the past two weeks, they had driven after using marijuana, and 1 in 4 had recently ridden in a car with such a driver.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 16 to 19. Teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to underestimate or not recognize dangerous situations.

What is Drug-Impaired Driving?

The use of any drug can make it unsafe to drive a car. Drugs can impair motor skills, perception, judgment and memory. Even small amounts of some drugs may have an impact on the ability to drive. Impaired driving involves all substances, not just alcohol. Youth may use alcohol, prescription medications, marijuana and a combination of these. The important thing is making sure that your teen doesn’t drive while impaired. The #1 threat to a teen’s safety is driving or riding in a car with a teen driver.

Marijuana Impairs Driving Ability

Marijuana impairs motor skills, alters perception of speed and slows reaction time. The risk
of an accident doubles when a person drives soon after using marijuana. After alcohol, marijuana is the most frequently found substance in the blood of impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers and crash victims.

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