Too often, while celebrating with family and friends over Thanksgiving weekend, impaired drivers get behind the wheel. But whether impaired by alcohol, marijuana, or anything else, it can be deadly to drive under the influence. No one should ever take that risk.
Drunk-driving-related crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday season. According to NHTSA, from 2013 to 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roadways.
Also, a new threat is emerging: drug-impaired driving. From 2007 to 2016, marijuana usage doubled among drivers killed in crashes, and in 2016, 42 percent of the drivers killed in fatal crashes who were tested, tested positive for drugs.
Excessive alcohol and drug intoxication are also prevalent over Thanksgiving due in part to cultural phenomenon’s like “Blackout Wednesday” and “Danksgiving” that highlight and even encourage the heavy consumption of alcohol and marijuana throughout the holiday weekend.
Impaired driving in any form is illegal in all 50 states. Whether a person is feeling a little high, buzzed, or stoned, wasted, or drunk, he or she is impaired and should never get behind the wheel.
The Glen Rock Police Department recommends these simple tips to stay safe on the road while celebrating this Thanksgiving:
- Plan a way to safely get home before the Thanksgiving festivities begin.
- Always designate a sober driver.
- If you are impaired, take a taxi or ride share service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
- If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe, sober travel arrangements to where they are going.
By working together, we can save lives and help keep our roadways safe. Please join us in sharing the life-saving message “Drive Sober During Thanksgiving”.