Self-Reported Survey of Texas Teens Finds Drug-Impaired Driving Surpasses Alcohol-Impaired Driving for First Time

Posted on October 1, 2014

Peer-to-peer program at Concordia targets impaired driving in an effort to improve safety behind the wheel

Representatives from Concordia University and U in the Driver Seat met to promote impaired driving awareness as part of their campus-wide safety month.

Representatives from Concordia University and U in the Driver Seat met to promote impaired driving awareness as part of their campus-wide safety month.

In 2012, for the first time since its creation more than 20 years ago, the Texas Secondary School Survey found that more high school seniors reported driving drug-impaired than those who reported driving alcohol-impaired. One Austin university is doing something about it.

Concordia University Texas has adopted the peer-to-peer based program U in the Driver Seat to combat impaired driving.

The survey found while the number of seniors driving after drinking has decreased from 29 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012, 16 percent of respondents reported driving while high from other drugs.

“It is a widely known truth that high school seniors bring a lot of their established habits and behaviors with them to college,” said Russell Henk, U in the Driver Seat director. “As these students make this transition, the choices they make are (more so than ever before) ultimately up to them. A combination of awareness and positive peer pressure can help influence their decision making.” Continue Reading …