It’s no secret that holidays are hotbeds for drunk driving, and certain ones are more prone to it than others. While drunk driving is at the highest risk level over holidays that are associated with alcohol consumption, such as the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day, there’s one day of the year that an extremely small number of people know about, and as such it’s hardly considered. The day before Thanksgiving, or “Black Wednesday” as it’s known in the alcohol service industry, is the busiest night of the year for bars. With friends and family members getting to their celebration destinations, many often choose to go out for a night of drinking and enjoyment before the more traditional festivities.
Of course, with bars being so busy it should come as no surprise that the number of drunk drivers also increases on this night. And when you combine this with the fact that this is also the busiest day of the year for road travel, you have a perfect storm for an immense number of drunk-driving car accidents and serious injuries.
However, this is only the start of one of the most dangerous times of the year for drunk driving. The period of time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day sees an annual increase in the amounts of drunk driving and drunk driving accidents and fatalities. This can often be associated with the increased amount of vacation time that is used during this period along with the large number of holiday parties, many of which include alcohol. It should come as little surprise that roughly 40 percent of all traffic-related deaths during the two-week period between Christmas and New Years’ Day involve intoxicated drivers.
Avoiding an Intoxicated Driving Accidents
So what can you do during these periods to protect yourself from the dangers of drunk drivers? The first and perhaps most obvious way of avoiding being involved in one of these incidents is to simply avoid traveling on the night before Thanksgiving. With so many drivers on the road this day in the first place, it’s still a dangerous day to be on the road at all, so try to adjust your travel plans to occur in the days leading up to this point. Likewise, if you can travel on the morning of Thanksgiving, consider it.
Second, never get behind the wheel after having a few drinks. Even if you feel fine at the time, the effects of intoxication can sometimes set in slowly, meaning you’ll gradually become more and more intoxicated while you drive. Nobody wants to have their holiday ruined by being involved in a drunk driving accident, and not being the drunk driver is a good way to avoid this problem.If you have been hurt in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need a Martin County car accident attorney who can help you protect your rights! Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at 866-675-4427 to request a case evaluation!