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PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 21, 2017) –– As everyone knows, the day after Thanksgiving Day is called “Black Friday.” It is the busiest retail shopping day of the year. Few people realize, however, that the day before Thanksgiving Day is dubbed “Blackout Wednesday” or “Drinksgiving” in some circles. Thanksgiving Eve is unofficially called one of the busiest days of the year for high alcohol consumption or binge drinking by college students who are home for the holiday.
“While Thanksgiving Day is a time to share meals with our loved ones, the eve of Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous times for overindulgence in alcohol – not food,” says Jana Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “While we disapprove of and fear drunk drivers on the road, a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that far too many drivers aren’t practicing what they preach. There is a big disconnect in our actions and words.”
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index (2016) reports nearly all drivers (97 percent) disapprove of drinking and driving, however, more than one in eight drivers admit to driving at least once in the past year when they thought their alcohol level might be close to or possibly over the legal limit,
The Thanksgiving weekend accounts for more than 400 traffic deaths each year. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in 2016 there were 4,531 crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period in Pennsylvania and 54 fatalities.
More cars on the road for the holidays mean more crashes warns AAA Mid-Atlantic. This year, AAA projects 45.5 million people are traveling by car to celebrate Thanksgiving with family or friends, including 530,000 Philadelphia five-county area residents.
Law enforcement officials and traffic safety advocates cite three over-arching factors in the spike in DUI/DWI-related traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend:
AAA recommends the following to help keep you safe this Thanksgiving holiday:
AAA works year-round to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving in an effort to reduce traffic-related crashes and injuries.
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