Monday, April 13, 2015

Drugged Driving: A Serious Concern

Being the parent of a teenager is never easy. It seems like there is always something to worry about, and unfortunately, new concerns are constantly added to that list. For example, in recent years, texting and driving has become a serious, distracting, and sometimes deadly risk for young drivers. To make matters worse, studies show that the problem of driving while under the influence of  
marijuana has greatly increased in recent years, probably due in large part to the fact that marijuana has become legal in states, such as Colorado and Washington, with more expected to follow suit.

Illegal and Dangerous

Even though marijuana usage may be legal in some states, driving while under the influence of the drug is never okay. In fact, driving while under the influence of any controlled substance isn’t okay; many estimates show that close to 7,000 people die in drugged-driving related accidents each year. Obviously, drugged driving is not only ilegal, it can also be deadly, which is why it’s so important for parents of teenage drivers to talk with their kids about these concerns.

Increased Insurance Costs

As if the risk of legal trouble and serious injury or death aren’t enough, parents of young drivers who foot their insurance bills also have to be concerned with rising premiums. If an accident with a drug-affected driver happens in the parent’s car, it’s the parents who pay. Depending on the state in which the policy is held, a drugged-driving conviction could lead to a cancelled insurance policy, having the offender removed from the policy, or greatly increased charges. The matter will also go on record, making it hard to secure affordable insurance from a different provider as well.


Obviously, when drugs, driving, and young people mix, a lot of bad things can happen. Parents should not let their children operate their vehicles if they are aware that the child uses ability-impairing drugs. Children must be taught that driving is a privilege and a responsibilty. Even if you think you can trust your child and have talked with him or her about this serious issues and its consequences, realize that young people sometimes make bad choice, so you still want to prepare as best you can by increasing insurance coverage just in case.

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