The day after Thanksgiving has long been dubbed Black Friday; now, the night before has earned the dubious moniker, Blackout Wednesday. Partygoers and others, especially college students, like to get a head start on the festivities by drinking the night before Thanksgiving. This night has also been referred to as “Friendsgiving,” or “Drinksgiving.”
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), this concerning tradition has led to an increase in wrecks involving those driving under the influence (DUI). In a study of drunk driving accidents between 2012 and 2016, over 800 people were fatally injured. Data was collected during time frames that started at 6 p.m. on the night before Thanksgiving and ending early the following Monday morning.
Thanksgiving Travel Dangers in Greenville
AAA predicts an estimated 54 million Americans will be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was also studied on a local level. It showed that Greenville was among the most dangerous areas in the country to drive in over Thanksgiving. Approximately 500 South Carolina families are affected by drunk driving accidents every year.
Tie One On for Safety®
MADD and the NHTSA have partnered in their Tie One On for Safety® campaign, which targets drunk driving on Blackout Wednesday. They are distributing safety ribbons and decals to promote the cause, and they encourage partygoers to drive safely.
The MADD National President drives the point home that there are many ways to avoid drunk driving, so it simply does not make sense to drive drunk. Designating a driver, or contacting a taxi, Lyft, or Uber are all smart choices to prevent wrecks. Some towns even sponsor free transportation to partygoers who are too intoxicated to get behind the wheel. These options are all worth looking into before taking that first drink.
Most people look forward to the Thanksgiving weekend with thoughts of turkey dinners, family time, and parties. Those who do not make time to consider safety precautions are doing themselves and others a tremendous disservice. This holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year and can be the deadliest. Enjoying the festivities without taking unnecessary risks on the road will make the celebrations safer for everyone.
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