Young Adults Riding with Impaired DriversApril 26, 2018
According to new research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, approximately 33 percent of young adults have gotten into a car with a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The study also reveals that this population of drivers is more likely to accept a ride with someone who is under the influence of marijuana than a driver who has been drinking alcohol. The study is one of the first to investigate the type of substances used by the driver, as well as specific information about the driver.
The investigation was conducted by researchers from Colorado State University, The Colorado School of Public Health, Yale University, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers focused on young adults, some of whom had been out of high school for one year, some for two years. They were asked a number of questions that covered a variety of health topics, including behaviors related to substance abuse. The questions focused more on drinking and driving than on driving while under the influence of marijuana.
Why This Study is Unique
Unlike other studies on drunk driving and other dangerous driving behaviors, this study is unique, in that participants were asked to provide information about the impaired driver. This included whether he or she was a friend, an older friend or relative, or an unknown adult or person of a similar age. The study shows that it is much riskier to ride with an impaired driver who is a peer, as opposed to an adult driver.
The study also found that young adults who got in the car with an impaired driver were more likely to repeat this behavior. In addition, the study suggests that individuals who engage in one type of risky behavior are at an increased risk of other, potentially more dangerous behaviors. For example, a young person who accepts a ride from an impaired driver is at risk of eventually becoming the person who drives while under the influence. Therefore, it is very important to teach young adults the dangerous, and potentially fatal risks of riding with a driver who is impaired.
According to a professor at Colorado State University, parents should be role models, by never driving while intoxicated. Friends should never pressure another friend to drive while impaired, or to accept a ride from someone who is impaired.
Young adults often feel that they are invincible, and that nothing bad will ever happen to them. It is up to up to parents and older adults to show them that their actions can have serious consequences.
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