Blackout Wednesday – Thanksgiving Eve

It has been estimated by the American Automobile Association (AAA) that nearly 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. This estimate is a 1.9 increase compared to totals in 2015. The travel period for the Thanksgiving holiday runs from Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th. While this time is an enjoyable time to spend with family and friends, it is also the time of year where alcohol related crashes increase.

The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Eve, has become known as Blackout Wednesday or Drinksgiving. Hearing the term Blackout Wednesday, one might believe that this day is similar to the big shopping day of Black Friday. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Thanksgiving Eve has become known as Blackout Wednesday because it has become a day where alcohol consumption is very high.

Millions of people begin their holiday travels on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Included in this number of travelers are college students and people who are returning to their hometowns to be with family and friends. Since schools and businesses are closed on Thanksgiving, many of these travelers enjoy having some drinks at local bars and restaurants with hometown friends prior to spending Thanksgiving day with family. With the increased amount of travelers on the road and those who have consumed alcoholic beverages, the risks for motor vehicle accidents increases. AAA reports that Thanksgiving weekend (which includes Blackout Wednesday and Black Friday) accounts for more than 400 traffic fatalities each year.

Blackout Wednesday Safety Tips

If your Thanksgiving plans include venturing out on Thanksgiving Eve, stay safe and help to keep others safe by following some of the following safety tips:

* Do Not Drink and Drive – Driving under the influence is one of the biggest cause of motor vehicle accidents

* Plan Ahead – If you plan on consuming alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver, or plan other transportation arrangements such as Uber or a taxi cab.

* Avoid Distracted Driving – Driving needs your full attention. Put your phone down and do not text or use your cell phone while behind the wheel.

* Buckle Up, it’s the Law – AAA reports that seatbelts saved approximately 12,802 lives overall in 2014.

Driving while intoxicated is unsafe and has its penalties. To learn more about Florida DUI Penalties visit DUI Info at GBC.

Don’t ruin your holiday or someone elses with the temptation of drinking and driving. Be responsible and always have a designated driver or call a cab. Let’s keep the Florida roads safe during the 2016 Thanksgiving Season. The attorneys and staff at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz wish you and your family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.