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Blackout Wednesday: Drive Safe this Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted on November 20th, 2017 / By Eliza Hamilton-Poore

Some holidays are known for binge drinking – St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day all come to mind, but a new one is on the rise. Blackout Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, has become a favorite holiday for alcohol consumption.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

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With college students coming back for the holiday and working adults having the next day off, Thanksgiving Eve is a night of reunions and celebration. Unfortunately, the increase in binge drinking has also led to a rise in drunk driving and drunk driving deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, in the past five years over 800 people have died in drunk driving crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That’s one-third of the total number of fatalities over the holiday.

This Thanksgiving holiday period, remember to drink responsibly. Take the time to line up a designated driver, order a cab or rideshare, or just walk. Be safe and make it to Thanksgiving dinner.

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5 ways to prevent drunk driving this holiday season

Posted on November 25th, 2015 / By Carly Flaws

With the holiday season among us, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to launch their “Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention” campaign that will run from November 28 – December 15, 2015. This is part of their broader “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” campaign that has been gaining popularity in the media. The pre-holiday campaign reminds people to not wreck the holidays by drinking and driving.

The anti-drunk-driving campaign aims to holiday drunk driving preventioneducate people on the dangers of driving after drinking. In 2013, over 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents and due to frequent holiday celebrations, this time of year is especially dangerous. Over 730 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in December of 2013 alone. (NHSTA)

Below are five things to remember when celebrating this holiday season:

  1. It only takes one drink to impair your reaction times when driving.
  2. Designate a sober driver ahead of time. If that isn’t an option, use a taxi or Uber.
  3. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement immediately.
  4. If you see somebody you think is attempting to get behind the wheel while impaired, take their keys and help them return home safely.
  5. Leave your keys at home if you are planning on consuming alcohol.

It doesn’t take one to be falling over drunk in order for them to be too impaired to drive. All too often, people think they know their own limits but continue to put themselves and others at risk when they get behind the wheel.

It’s important to define your role at the start of any festivities that include drinking. Are you going to drink or are you going to drive? Even if you’ve consumed alcohol but feel ok to drive, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Contact us today to find out how an ignition interlock can guarantee sober driving.

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