POY Teen Handbook - English


Impaired: impairment begins when any amount of a mind-altering substance is present in the system. • If someone feels different, they will drive different. • A common myth is that many people think driving after using marijuana is not as bad as drunk driving. MYTH- “I drive better high.” • Driving is a divided attention task. THC mutes the senses needed to drive safely and the ability to react to changing dangers while driving. Effects include slower reactions, lane weaving, decreased coordination, and difficulty reacting to signals and sounds. • Missing curfew or the inconvenience of finding another ride is not worth the risk. Even if you made it home safely with an impaired driver once before doesn’t mean it will be safe the next time. Never ride with an impaired driver, YOU ARE PRECIOUS CARGO – handle your life with care.

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• Call or text your parent, guardian, or a trusted adult to come pick you up. Tip: Come up with a code word or phrase with your parent or trusted adult to use in this situation.

Plan ahead. If a parent or guardian is not an option or can’t be reached consider who another trusted adult might be: an aunt/ uncle, neighbor, pastor, or school resource officer.

If your friend or ride chooses to drive after drinking or using marijuana, never get in the vehicle. The safest and one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, is call 911 and report that they are driving impaired.

“Did I leave my jacket in your car?”

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