Thanksgiving Eve is becoming notorious for being a high alcohol consumption night. The phrase “Blackout Wednesday” is even being used to market special drink night at bars, to entice college students to go out and drink when returning to their home town for the holiday. In some areas, that night is even more popular than New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick’s Day for public partying.
With that, the usual serious problems can occur — from arrests and DUIs to accidents and fatalities.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 728 people will be injured or killed each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in drunk driving accidents, a rate two to three times higher than the rest of the year.
Alcohol Monitoring Systems reports that drinking violations, for individuals they monitor for alcohol as part of court-ordered sobriety, go up by 54% during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Here’s what some communities are doing to make a change and keep residents safe.
- Local Police Departments Step Up Efforts To Keep Drivers Safe On ‘Blackout Wednesday’, CBS Philly
- Landscaping trucks carted bar patrons home on ‘Blackout Wednesday’, Press of Atlantic City
- Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign, NHTSA
- ‘Blackout Wednesday’ Sweeps Net 22 Arrests, NBC San Diego