A word of caution for those headed over the rivers and through the woods to grandmother’s house or elsewhere, on the country’s deadliest holiday travel period.
It seems that, after slogging through airports or waiting in long lines to use the toilet on the Florida Turnpike, folks like to belly up to the bar on “Thanksgiving Eve” (which, apparently, is a thing).
From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in drunk driving-related crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which begins tonight at 6 p.m.
The term “Blackout Wednesday” refers to celebrants getting “blackout drunk” and then driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others — including state and local law enforcement agencies — are using social media to spread the word about the dangers of getting behind the wheel when you’re loaded.
The NHTSA is pulling out all the stops on its “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve” campaign with “content on the importance of not drinking and driving, and planning ahead for a sober ride home – a true takeover. ”
“Social posts, Instagram images, and tweets with hashtags to boycott #buzzeddriving and plan a #designateddriver will be available for partners to participate and distribute this critical message,” the NHTSA said on its website.
We’ve done our part.