“Drugged driving” becoming more popular with teens

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – As more states move toward legalizing marijuana, there’s a growing concern for “drugged driving.”

Columbia University researchers found that the number of deadly car accidents involving high drivers tripled in the last decade.

And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s survey, one in eight high schools seniors admitted to driving after smoking marijuana.

A concerning trend for parents and grandparents.

Geneva Hall of Springfield told 22News, “The younger people, they know how to get people to go and get it [marijuana] for them, and I think that’s wrong.”

“When you think about it parents have to work hard. They have to work a couple of jobs so they cannot watch their children and it’s just a vicious circle,” said Mary Bogart of Springfield

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that nearly a quarter of drivers killed in car crashes involving drugged drivers were younger than 25.

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