Keeping Safe on the Road on Thanksgiving Eve
On Thanksgiving Eve, millions of people across America joyfully take to their cars to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. But here’s a sobering fact: not everyone in the country will make it to the dinner table.
The day before Thanksgiving, also known as the “biggest bar night of the year” or “Blackout Wednesday” is one of the deadliest nights on the road, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and deaths often rise on that Wednesday and can remain elevated throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The NHTSA reportsthat from 2012 to 2016, over 800 people died in alcohol-related crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (from Wednesday to Monday morning).
Here in Arizona, DUI arrests roseduring the Thanksgiving weekend last year, from 333 arrests in 2016 to 377 in 2017. But this spike doesn’t mean there were more alcohol or drug-impaired drivers: many public agencies increased their funding to ensure there were more patrol officers on the road during the holiday weekend.
Keeping Safe on Thanksgiving Eve
Believe it or not, we can bring that alcohol-related holiday fatality rate down to near zero if we all take a few precautions before getting behind the wheel. Here’s how you can do your part:
If you or loved one gets injured in an Arizona car accident this Thanksgiving Eve or holiday weekend, contact Zanes Law at (844) 9260-3753 for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the causes of the accident, help you handle insurance companies, obtain fair compensation and feel more in control.
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