Drunk Driving Car Accidents Increase Over Thanksgiving Week
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and give thanks with your family. Many people celebrate with family, friends, turkey, and sometimes an overindulgence of alcohol. While law enforcement tries to keep people safe from those that choose to drink and drive, there are far too many people that make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. As a result of their carelessness, drunk driving car accidents are all too common during Thanksgiving week. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your family safe from drunk driving car accidents this weekend.
The number of drunk drivers on the road typically increases around holidays. What’s worse is that people consume more alcohol between the months of November and January. Thanksgiving is usually seen as the start of this epidemic.
While most holidays focus on family and food, the night before the holiday is usually a time for relaxing and unwinding. As working professionals get off work and college students make it back home for a break from their classes, the bars are usually hopping the night before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Drinking rates go up so much the night before Thanksgiving that the phenomenon is commonly referred to as Blackout Wednesday.
If you’re one of the many that want to partake in a bit of fun, be mindful of your drinking. Get your friends together to pitch in on an Uber, Lyft, or taxi to make sure everyone gets home alive and well. If you choose to go out and not imbibe, be extra careful of drunk drivers that may be on the road.
Protect yourself against drunk driving car accidents
The Greenville, South Carolina police are aware of the dangers and increased chance that drunk driving car accidents are bound to occur over Thanksgiving weekend. You should expect law enforcement to be out in full force, making sure people are safe. While they’re out doing their job, you can do your part to make sure you keep yourself safe and others safe from drunk driving car accidents.
- When going out to celebrate, be careful of how much you drink. Make plans to catch a ride back with a sober friend or family or keep your phone handy to call for a ride-share.
- As a host/hostess, make sure your guests are provided food and plenty of non-alcoholic options in your home. If you notice anyone about to head out that looks like they’ve had a few too many, stop them. Offer to let them spend the night, give them a ride, or call a taxi for them.
- If you’re out on the road, watch for signs of intoxication. Drunk drivers will usually weave in and out of lanes, show spastic movements, or drive below/above the speed limit. If it’s obvious that another driver is drunk, try to capture their license plate number, pull over, and call the police to report the drunk driver.
Contact The Clardy Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been involved in drunk driving car accident due to a negligent driver, don’t hesitate to call The Clardy Law Firm. Our experienced auto accident lawyers can discuss how you can compensation for your injuries and losses.