Any holiday or celebration is statistically a dangerous time for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. The festive environment on those special calendar days (or the night before) is always a good excuse to drink a few beers and head home. But we all know that drinking and driving is never a smart choice and as we begin the holiday season, and most abundant time for DUIs, remember that the biggest Thanksgiving we can give is to the sober drivers out there.
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Due to the long weekend, many people begin their Thanksgiving celebrations early. If you’re waking up to the smell of turkey baking and can’t quite stomach the holiday ahead, consider yourself lucky that you made it home with that hangover. In 2010, 40% of highway deaths occurred during Thanksgiving weekend, giving those four days of celebrations the potential for becoming a lifetime of sad memories for those affected by the death of a loved one.
Remember that you can also be a sober driver for others, and promise to be designated driver for your friends, too!
Thanksgiving can require a lot of time on the road, whether it is driving between different family locations or just the back-and-forth of Black Friday or holiday food shopping. This Thanksgiving, make sure you have a plan that includes a designated driver, taxi service or other phone numbers available. Your family, friends and loved ones will be grateful that you arrive alive, each and every time. Plus, you avoid legal troubles and ignition interlock requirements!
We all have the ability to drive sober, but not everyone finds it important to be a safe driver, especially after a few drinks have already been consumed. Plan ahead, and make sure that your Thanksgiving doesn’t end in tragedy. Safe and sober drivers are just one more thing to be grateful for this holiday season.