Most Americans know about Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving, when shoppers hit the malls and online stores to pick up huge savings on their Christmas shopping.
Fewer Americans are aware of Black Wednesday — the day before Thanksgiving. The term originated in the hospitality industry in reference to the packed bars that characterize Thanksgiving Eve. But for law enforcement, “Black Wednesday” has taken on a more sobering meaning. A spike in car crashes is fast making Thanksgiving Eve one of the year’s most deadly holidays, according to numerous advocates including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
With folks hitting the bars after a long day of travel home, it is no wonder that Thanksgiving Eve is a dangerous day to drive.
Choose a designated driver. Remember that the designated driver does not have to be someone out with the group. Perhaps Dad, a cousin or an aunt would be willing to play taxi for the evening, helping avoid bad decisions.
Wear seat belts. Other drivers are more likely to be impaired or tired over the holidays. You can reduce your chance of catastrophic injury by wearing a seat belt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds us that males are more likely than females to not wear a seat belt. Tell the men in your life to buckle up!
Make it an early night. According to MADD, many crashes happen in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning, when the last of the bar crowd is heading home. Skip the added risk and head home early.
We wish you and your family a safe and happy start to the holiday season.