As the holiday season approaches, many look forward to spending time with friends and family. However, there’s a growing concern associated with the day before Thanksgiving, which is sometimes known as “Blackout Wednesday” or “Drinksgiving.” This unofficial holiday highlights and even encourages the heavy consumption of alcohol and drugs. To ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season, it’s crucial to prioritize safety and make Thanksgiving eve just another Wednesday.

To prioritize safety for ourselves and others, you must plan ahead. If you’re attending or hosting a holiday gathering, arrange for transportation in advance. There are several ways to do this including designating a sober driver, using rideshare services, or relying on public transportation. Impaired-driving-related crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday season. These simple steps can help reduce the risk of accidents and keep everyone on the roads safer.

Local law enforcement often increases patrols during the holidays to deter and address impaired driving. Support these efforts by promoting awareness and encouraging responsible behavior. If you notice someone driving erratically or suspect they may be impaired, call 9-1-1 immediately. 

The holidays can be a joyous time when celebrated responsibly. Plan ahead, moderate your alcohol consumption, and stay alert this holiday season.