Between 2012 and 2016, young drivers impaired by drugs caused a total of 6,430 crashes on Texas road, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
- The highest tally of drug-related accidents among young Texas drivers came in 2015, when 1,373 drivers between the ages of 18 and 25 were involved in car crashes.
- 2013 saw the fewest crashes caused by drug-impaired young drivers, with 1,248 such accidents occurring that year.
- Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that illicit drug use increased from slightly more than 8 percent of the population in 2002 to well over 9 percent in 2013.
- Illicit drug use was highest among young adults 18-25, with nearly 22 percent reporting that they had used illicit drugs in the past month.