Drugged Driving Event Toolkit

If you are interested in an event or promotional activity that focuses primarily on drugged driving, here are links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and others.

Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk. Use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe—just like driving after drinking alcohol. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 20.7 million people aged 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year and 11.8 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs.

 

Research and Statistics

Driving Stimulator by Dr. Marilyn Huestis:
The Effects of Marijuana on Driving

Activity Ideas

Invite a Police Officer

Reach out to your local police department and let them know you are spreading awareness about drugged driving and NDAFW. Invite an officer from the department to come speak about the process of pulling someone over, field sobriety tests, next steps after an officer notices the driver was driving while intoxicated, and more importantly – the negative and often fatal consequences.

Cone Game

Line up cones to imitate a road and place objects in the road. Walk down the road, maneuver around the objects as you would in a car, and back. Then, put on a semi-see-through blindfold and try it again (while another person secretly sets objects up objects that will get in a way). Try to maneuver around the objects. Once you hit an object, you lose and are pulled over.

“Drunk Goggles” Driving Impairment Game

Have the teens make their own driving impairment goggles by putting Vaseline onto sunglass lenses. Develop a game that has students walking in a straight line or doing other tasks with the goggles on. They will experience the negative consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If walking while impaired is hard, imagine driving!  While there are “drunk driving goggles” for sale, the homemade variety makes the point just as well, and provides an activity for the teens. Note that these “drunk driving” goggles do raise awareness, but reminders about drugged driving should be reinforced over time.

Tell a Story

Invite someone who has experienced a loved one or someone close to them pass away from drugged driving (either as the driver or in the accident). This person can also be someone who has been in a car accident due to drugged driving. That person will tell his or her story and answer questions. The idea is to discuss how drugged driving can ruin someone’s life in a variety of different ways.