Day before Thanksgiving said to be busiest drinking day

Day before Thanksgiving said to be busiest drinking day (Image 1)

Authorities will continue to monitor the roadways as many Americans kick off the long holiday weekend.

According to the organization Mother's Against Drunk Driving, the day before Thanksgiving has become the biggest drinking day of the year.

“Blackout Wednesday” as the day is named for teens and college students who get “black out” drunk.

Authorities report the day has become one of the deadliest nights of the year on the roadway for young adults.

“College students this time of year, they'll leave their universities or schools and go home maybe a day early from school on highways.  They're maybe taking part in festivities too early or too much,” explained Sgt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

While many may be unaware of “Black Wednesday,” authorities said they will be setting up sobriety and driver's license check points.

Miller said that he reminds parents to play a role in preventing any illegal drinking from those under 21 by keeping away the alcohol.

“We really don't want to contribute to the delinquency of a minor by allowing them to drink alcohol whether it's in our homes, a friend's home or restaurant,” he said.  

Sgt. Miller said drivers should expect sobriety and driver's license check points, bar checks and more officers out enforcing traffic laws.

Nationally, last year between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day nearly 900 people were killed by drunk drivers.

 

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