AAA, SADD Partner to Prevent Marijuana-Impaired Teen Driving – WKTNPosted by On

Working with law enforcement and prevention professionals across Ohio

Columbus, Ohio (November 28, 2022) – AAA and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) have partnered to educate youth on the risks of marijuana-impaired driving.

The primary focus of the partnership is the delivery of peer-to-peer education by SADD’s student leaders utilizing a curriculum developed by AAA Northeast called Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth About Marijuana & Driving. The curriculum, endorsed by Brown University’s School of Public Health, addresses:

.The effects of THC on the developing teenage brain

.Research-based information on increased crash risks for marijuana-impaired drivers

.The physical and cognitive processes affected by marijuana use

The Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth About Marijuana & Driving program has been delivered to approximately 60,000 high school students throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island and is now being launched in Ohio. Pre- and post-program surveys demonstrate significant attitudinal change; after participating in the Shifting Gears program, 98% of teens surveyed agreed that marijuana impairs driver performance, and 95% of participants agreed that marijuana affects a driver’s reaction time.

Drug impaired driving is a growing problem on Ohio’s roads. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol:

.37% of Ohio traffic fatalities in 2021 involved someone under the influence of…

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