Are There More DUI Accidents on Thanksgiving Weekend?

Are There More DUI Accidents on Thanksgiving Weekend?

With Thanksgiving Weekend quickly approaching, our dedicated legal professionals at Crossen Law Firm want to remind you to take extra precautions this year if you plan on traveling during the holidays. Each year, hundreds of people across the country are killed in DUI-related accidents on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. While this night has become a major moneymaker for bar owners, it comes at the expense of innocent drivers and pedestrians who lose their lives as the result of negligent drunk drivers who get on the road after a night of heavy drinking.

Between 2012 and 2016, more than 800 people have died in DUI accidents on “Thanksgiving Eve,” according to the National Highway Traffic Association (NHTSA). That is why we ask you to take the following precautions so your family and loved ones make it safely to the dinner table:

Plan Ahead

Before you start celebrating with a drink on Thanksgiving, make sure you designate a sober driver who will take you home after the festivities come to an end. Pick a person you can trust to stay sober the entire night and doesn’t mind drinking non-alcoholic beverages.

Use Public Transportation

If you know you will be drinking, you should take a look at the schedules for the bus or arrange for a ride share service to transport you to and from Thanksgiving dinner. Some communities even offer sober ride programs over Thanksgiving Weekend that you can take advantage of to stay safe.

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The best way to prevent DUI accident fatalities is to be proactive, so be aware of how much alcohol you and your guests consume this Thanksgiving, and remember:

  • If you’re buzzed, don’t get behind the wheel. Buzzed driving is still drunk driving, so don't risk it.
  • Don’t let your family or friends drive a motor-vehicle if they are drunk or visibly impaired.
  • If you encounter a drunk driver on the road, call the police.

Our lawyers at Crossen Law Firm hope you and your family have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving this year. If you need legal assistance over the holiday weekend, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our law firm. We are here to serve you and represent your best interests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To request your free consultation, call (317) 401-8626 today.