Sobering Facts About the Night Before Thanksgiving
We all know that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when die-hard shoppers take advantage of sales as they get a jump on their holiday shopping. However, what many people may not realize is that the day before Thanksgiving has its own nickname – Blackout Wednesday – thanks to the number of drunk drivers on the roads. College students and those who have recently turned 21 are eager to hit the bars and catch up with friends. Unfortunately, this often leads to binge drinking, and making poor decisions like getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol.
Over the past five years, more drunk driving fatalities occurred the night before Thanksgiving than on New Year’s Eve, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Safety experts warn that it is a big night for college students who have not seen their friends all year. However, ride sharing options like Uber and Lyft are readily available, particularly on the evening before Thanksgiving. If they know they will be drinking, partygoers should arrange for a ride to and from the bar so that they have a safe ride home at the end of the evening.
Tips to Avoid a Drunk Driving Accident on Blackout Wednesday
- Arrange for a designated driver. Make sure that the person driving you home remains sober all evening. Even one drink can impair a person’s ability to drive.
- Take public transportation. Most buses and trains run on a regular schedule the night before Thanksgiving.
- Call a rideshare service. Download a ridesharing app, like Uber or Lyft, and arrange for a ride if you have had too much to drink.
- Consider hiring a car service. If you and your friends plan on an evening of bar hopping, you may want to hire a limousine or a car service to take you from bar to bar. It may be pricey, but if your entire group shares the cost, it may be worth the few extra bucks to ensure your safety.
- Stay the night. Consider staying in a hotel, or crash at a friend’s house if you have a long drive home and you have had too much to drink. Offer to share your room with a friend if he or she is unable to drive.
While most people would agree that it is never a good idea to drive drunk, a 2016 survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than one in eight drivers admitted to driving either near or above the legal limit.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident over the Thanksgiving holiday, contact a Philadelphia accident lawyer at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Our skilled and experienced team will work tirelessly to protect your legal rights and secure the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 888-999-1962 or contact us online.
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