Attention NEW JERSEY Educators: It's time to 'shift gears'. It's time to think about the effect of marijuana on youth and how it affects driving.

AAA is 'shifting gears' to shed light on the recreational use of marijuana and its effects on drivers with a new program: "Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth About Marijuana & Driving". It's a 45-60-minute program presented by AAA staff health education classrooms around the state.

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans live in a state that has legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, according to AAA officials. With legalization of the drug being considered in New Jersey, AAA has developed a timely new program for high school students that highlights the effects of marijuana use on the teenage brain, with a particular focus on the dangers of drugged driving. 

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Created with 9-12th graders in mind, the program includes interactive features and specifically addresses 7 New Jersey Comprehensive Health Education Standards. Trained AAA traffic safety professionals will come to local schools free of charge and present the following program:

  • Explain the effects of marijuana on the developing teenage brain
  • Provide evidence-based information addressing preconceived ideas about marijuana use and driving
  • Explain the physical and cognitive processes affected by marijuana use
  • Provide an experience of impairment through activities performed using Fatal Vision Marijuana Goggles
  • Demonstrate a driver’s susceptibility to this impairment and potential severe consequences that can occur related to driving

AAA Northeast’s Roz Thompson has been presenting the "Dangers of Texting & Distracted Driving" across high schools in New Jersey and is ready to educate students with this new program. She expresses the dangers that teens face when they mix marijuana use with driving. It can be catastrophic.

To submit a scheduling request, visit www.AAA.com/ShiftingGears or contact Roz Thompson at (973) 956-2191 to answer questions.