Thanksgiving is a joyous holiday, surrounded by family, food, and football. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also the most dangerous days of the year to be driving.
According to a study conducted by Forbes, Thanksgiving has the highest number of traffic fatalities each year—mainly due to intoxicated drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) states that the proportion of people killed in drunk driving accidents over the Thanksgiving holidays spike every year—by about 30% in comparison to the rest of the year.
For many, the holiday celebrations occur the night before. Thanksgiving Eve is considered one of the busiest nights of the year for bars throughout the nation. Nicknames for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving include “Blackout Wednesday” and “Drinksgiving.”
As a response to the significant increase in drunk drivers around this time of year, police across the county crack down on drunk driving every year. It is critical to avoid driving while intoxicated since law enforcement has increased their patrol on the streets.
The following are several tips to avoid a DWI charge this turkey day:
- Avoid drunk driving at all costs. If you decide to have a few alcohol beverages or so, request a ride from Uber or Lyft or call a cab at the end of the night. You can also have a designated driver pick you up.
- Sleep over at a friend’s place or book a hotel room. When you are going to a holiday event, booking a room at a nearby hotel or staying with a friend is one of the best ways to avoid drunk driving. Enjoy the night without worrying about how you will get home.
- Eat plenty of food. The consumption of food delays the absorption of alcohol, which—in turn—causes alcohol to be absorbed over a longer period of time in a person’s body.