The 2014 Illinois Youth Survey shows fewer Tazewell County teenagers are driving drunk, but, the survey also shows a significant rise in the number of teens driving high.
"Kids don't think smoking pot is dangerous, and now it's the health department's job to show them what marijuana does to their bodies, and how it effects their reaction time in certain situations," said Sara Sparkman with the Tazewell County Health Department.
Tazewell County Schools have been participating in the Illinois Youth Survey since 2006. That's the year the Tazewell County Teen Initiative was started in response to a number of fatal accidents involving teens and alcohol.
The survey shows that Tazewell County teens continue to get a majority of their alcohol from older friends or their parents. That's something that the Tazewell County Health Department is trying to
"It's wonderful information for us to use in public health, and also in the schools and law enforcement so they know what's going on," said Sparkman.
The Illinois Youth Survey is given to students across the state in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades
every two years.