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Be careful on the night before Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

Preventing car accidents and drunk driving crashes on “the biggest bar night of the year”

As an injury lawyer, I’ve written about the dangers of the night before Thanksgiving, also referred to as “the biggest bar night of the year.”

College kids refer to the night before Thanksgiving bar festivities as “blackout Wednesday,” as many of them return home from school for the weekend, and kick it off by “blacking out” from partying and drinking so much.

From that comes many auto accidents, drunk driving crashes and police stops. But it’s not just college students.

Last year, 159 people were arrested for alcohol-related offenses between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, according to the Michigan State Police. Compare that to an average Wednesday night in November, where about 56 people are arrested for alcohol-related offenses.

Also last year on Thanksgiving weekend, 10 people were killed in Michigan in nine car accidents. Three of the deaths were alcohol-related and three of the victims were not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Michigan Department of State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.

Our lawyers would like to remind you that although Thanksgiving is a time of fun, family and gratitude, it’s important to be safe and responsible. Simply put, do not drink and drive.

Here are a easy few safety tips for the night before Thanksgiving:

  1. Don’t drink and drive.
  2. Designate a sober driver.
  3. If you do not have a sober driver, take a cab home, or spend the night at your party.
  4. Buckle up and keep kids properly secured in the car seat.

Additionally, here are 17 tips to prevent car accidents on Thanksgiving weekend, and on the biggest bar night of the year.

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