What is Blackout Wednesday?
Colloquially known as “Blackout Wednesday” or “Danksgiving” among law enforcement agencies, the day before Thanksgiving has become infamous for an increase in traffic accidents, especially those involving alcohol. During this time of year, millions of people are on the roads traveling to visit loved ones, and holiday parties often, unfortunately, result in drinking and driving.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) annually hosts a campaign to reduce the number of fatal accidents on this night. From 2015 to 2019, over 135 alcohol-impaired drivers were killed and thousands more vehicle passengers suffered minor, serious, or fatal injuries.
Additionally, a 2013 study from the American College of Surgeons analyzed hospital records over twelve hours from the night of Thanksgiving Eve to Thanksgiving morning. Among the 885 discharged patients, 11.3% were fatalities, and among the 666 drivers who were alcohol-tested, 54.4% tested positive. Furthermore, one-third of the 288 drivers tested for illicit drugs had positive results.
Keep Your Loved One Safe on Blackout Wednesday
While the statistics are startling, there are many things you can continue to do to keep your loved ones safe while traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are our top three tips:
- Try to get to your destination earlier in the day to avoid people driving after going out to bars or parties.
- Never get in a vehicle with someone you suspect is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- If able, make plans to stay the night where you will be consuming alcohol or have alternate options for getting home.
Ultimately, never get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol. It is still a crime, even on holidays, and can result in significant injuries for everyone involved.
We understand the importance of keeping your family safe during the holiday season and want to help you hold negligent individuals accountable for the damages they cause. If you are seeking legal representation after becoming injured by a drunk driver, call (662) 222-0597 or fill out this short form to schedule a free consultation.