Thanksgiving kicks off Holiday Drinking Period

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us are busy putting together our last minute shopping lists or getting pie crusts ready for the oven.  Drinking during the holidays seems to go hand-in-hand with holiday parties and family celebrations.  Some people even drink because of the family celebrations.  No matter what the reason, the truth remains that Thanksgiving or truly the night before Thanksgiving begins one of the heaviest drinking periods of the year.  The 5-to-6 weeks between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s can be one of the deadliest on the roads.  The increased amount of traffic due to holiday travelers along with the increased number of those drinking can be a deadly combination.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been looking at data for the past 40 years regarding increased traffic fatalities during the holiday season.  The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) was used to look at and predict future fatality patterns.  Most researchers believe that the increase in traffic fatalities is due to the increase in holiday travel (usually by car during Thanksgiving) and the increase in the number of those who have had drinks prior to driving.  There are many things that drivers can do to arrive safely during the holidays including having your vehicle checked before starting on a long journey, avoiding distractions such as your cell phone and designating a sober driver.

The truth is that you do not want to be involved in a traffic accident and you do not want to get arrested for driving under the influence.  We want you and your family to be safe this holiday season.  Drinking and driving could not only ruin your life but it could also ruin the life of another person.  Don’t take the risk.

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