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Published November 15, 2010, 03:36 PM

Survey Finds Better Choices Among Minnesota 12th-Graders

A new survey finds high school seniors in Minnesota are making better choices when it comes to seat belt use, smoking and drunken driving.

By: Associated Press,

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A new survey finds high school seniors in Minnesota are making better choices when it comes to seat belt use, smoking and drunken driving.

The Minnesota Department of Education reported on Monday the findings of the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey of the state's sixth-, ninth- and 12th-graders.

The voluntary survey asks students about tobacco, alcohol and drug use. It also asks about sexual behavior, dietary behaviors, physical activity and seat belt use.

It was last given in 2007.

Some of the biggest declines were among 12th-graders when it came to drinking alcohol, binge drinking, drunken driving and smoking.

One number that didn't change for 12th-graders was the share who used marijuana in the past year, which was nearly 31 percent in both 2007 and 2010.


Statewide results are available at the Minnesota Department of Education website

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