“Blackout Wednesday” One of Deadliest Nights on the Roads

The Night Before Thanksgiving Has Become Increasingly Dangerous Because of Drunk Drivers

A few years ago, the term “Blackout Wednesday” was completely unknown.  Today, most people associate it with the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Since most people have off Thursday to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with friends and family, the night before has become a popular drinking night.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and other safety organizations have teamed up to bring awareness to the deadly toll that nights like this bring in. 

According to a post by MADD: “From 2012 to 2016, drunk driving crashes killed more than 800 people over the long Thanksgiving weekend, making it the deadliest holiday on our roads (6 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday).”  Drunk driving fatalities significantly increase around the holidays.  The results are devastating for families across the United States.  Too many loved ones lost to these “100 percent preventable tragedies.”

Thanksgiving always sees an increase in people on the road which makes it even more crucial that if you choose to drink, you get a sober driver to take you home.  Always plan ahead and make sure that someone is the designated driver or that you have arranged for a ride share service or public transportation.  Even buzzed driving can have deadly consequences.  Everyone can work together to make this holiday season the safest one yet by choosing not to drink and drive.  Law enforcement agencies across the United States will have extra patrols out to ensure the safety of our roadways.  Make the smart choice and “stay sober or get pulled over.”