Save Your Life and Others, Don’t Drink & Drive Thanksgiving Eve
As an unofficial kickoff to the holiday season and celebration of an upcoming three-day weekend, many people partake in drinking at bars, restaurants and family and friends’ houses on Thanksgiving Eve. This tradition on the night before Thanksgiving has gained popularity in recent years, and is infamously known as “Blackout Wednesday” for its connection to heavy drinking.
Unfortunately, when people overindulge and choose to drive home after a night of drinking, they are putting themselves, passengers and other drivers at risk.
Without acting responsibly, tragedy can strike in an instant.
Imagine, just a few hours before families plan to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, they may be faced with the heartache of the aftermath of a serious, or even fatal accident.
The Real Dangers of Drunk Driving on Thanksgiving Weekend
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 800 people died from drunk driving accidents on Thanksgiving weekend from 2012 to 2016, making it one of the deadliest time periods on the roads in the U.S.
The alarming number of fatalities is due to the deadly combination of increased numbers of drunk drivers on the roads and added traffic from millions of people driving in hopes of spending time with their families for Thanksgiving.
Keep in mind that the Thanksgiving weekend time period starts at 6 p.m. on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, and ends before 6 a.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving, according to the NHTSA.
Drivers should always take caution and be responsible, but be on high alert during this time.
What Can You Do to Be Safe on Thanksgiving Eve
If you are planning on meeting up with friends and family for a few drinks the night before Thanksgiving, you should understand the high risks associated with this night, and take actions to keep yourself and others safe.
Check out these important tips to keep in mind:
- Use a Car Service – Use your favorite car service app to safely drop you off and pick you up. Make sure that before getting in the car, you can verify it is the driver who is supposed to pick you up.
- Have a Designated Driver – Before going out, plan who will be the designated driver who will refrain from drinking and safely drive you home.
- Call a Friend – If you need a ride home, call a responsible, sober adult who can pick you up.
- Stay Over – If drinking at a friend or family member’s house, stay over and drive back in the morning.
- Call the Cops – If you see someone who is driving drunk, call the police immediately.
- Don’t Let Friends or Family Members Drink & Drive – Help them find a safe ride home instead.
Don’t Take the Chance. Don’t Put Your Life or Others at Risk
With the stakes higher than ever, don’t risk your life or put other lives in jeopardy by drinking and driving. Even if you only had a few drinks, and think you feel fine to drive, you’re not. Make the right choice and use a car service or have a designated driver.
If you do take this dangerous chance, you risk being involved in a serious or fatal accident and being charged with a DUI. Be smart and be safe this Thanksgiving holiday, and follow the tips outlined above so that you get home safe to enjoy the holiday with your family.
You don’t want to be the reason someone is not at the Thanksgiving table because of a terrible, and irreversible mistake.
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