The night before Thanksgiving has been given an ominous nickname “Blackout Wednesday.” Blackout Wednesday is said to be one of the busiest nights of the year for bars. It also sees a high number of road travelers because of its proximity to a family holiday. The chances of you or someone you love getting into an accident between now and New Year’s Day is significantly higher than normal because of the increased amount of people on the road and the likelihood that some of those people have been drinking.
Law enforcement agencies are working together to end these unnecessary drunk driving related accidents by setting up sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols across the nation. Even if you are lucky enough to not be involved in an accident after drinking and driving, you could still risk your license and your freedom by getting arrested for DUI. Do not take any chances this holiday weekend, designate a sober driver, take public transportation or use a ride sharing app.
In addition to DUI checkpoints and additional saturation patrols, law enforcement agencies have begun to set up seat belt enforcement checkpoints where they will be checking for impaired drivers and those not wearing mandated safety belts. It is important that you follow all state and local requirements to ensure that you will not be given a ticket or violation.
Stay safe this holiday season and do not drink and drive. Too many fatalities occur during this time of year that are completely preventable.