Whether your college student recently returned home to Milwaukee from another part of Wisconsin, from another state, or from another country, there is probably a lot that you want to talk about. You may want to hear all about your child’s year in school, his interests and his friends. You may be looking forward to beginning a new kind of relationship with your child that is based more on friendship than on setting rules and giving advice.
However, there’s at least one more important parenting conversation that you may still have to have with your child.
Your Child Needs to Understand the Risks of Driving Stoned
A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that a significant number of college-age people are putting themselves at risk. Specifically, the study found that:
- Forty-four percent of college-age men admit to driving stoned in the last month. Only 12 percent of college-age men admit to driving drunk in the same time period.
- While only 9 percent of college-age women admit to driving stoned in the last month, about 35 percent of college-age women admit to being a passenger in a car with someone they know had been smoking pot.
- It is estimated that marijuana is involved in about 12 percent of all fatal crashes involving 16- to 20-year-olds.
The study involved hundreds of students at two large state universities. One of those universities was in Wisconsin.
Don’t let your child go back to school without educating him about the risks of stoned driving on the East-West Freeway, Zoo Freeway, or any other road. Please share this post with your friends and relatives who are in college or who have children in college so that, together, we can educate our children about the risks of stoned driving and we can help prevent serious and tragic crashes on our roads.