NHTSA Wants Motorists to Have a Safe Thanksgiving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants everybody to have a safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving weekend has become one of the deadliest holiday weekends on U.S. roadways. With new trends like “Blackout Wednesday” and “Danksgiving,” there’s likely to be an increase in alcohol and drug-impaired drivers on roadways. Officials with the NHTSA are reminding people to plan ahead if they’re going to drink this Thanksgiving. Additionally, they’re also warning about the dangers of drugged driving.
Don’t Drive on Blackout Wednesday
Due to the excessive drinking that occurs the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (because so many people have the Thanksgiving holiday off from work), the term “Blackout Wednesday” has been used to describe the day. If you plan on participating in the latest alcohol-fueled cultural phenomenon, make sure you have a safe ride home. Designate a driver or use a rideshare app. Whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel.
NHTSA Encourages People to Ditch “Danksgiving”
“Danksgiving” has become another cultural occurrence associated with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This day involves heavy consumption of marijuana and may be combined with alcohol. Officials with the NHTSA are reminding drivers that drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Whether you’ve been drinking or smoking, you shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel.
Thanksgiving Holiday Accidents
Sadly, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2017, there were 265 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes across the nation. Additionally, from 2013 to 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period. With these factors in mind, make sure to buckle up for every trip, every time this Thanksgiving weekend and all year long. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving across the country to visit family or across town for a Friendsgiving. Buckle up.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and if you have been injured in a car accident involving a drunk or drugged driver this upcoming holiday weekend or any time of the year, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.