Wednesday, November 25, 2020

“Blackout Wednesday” is a popular trend that encourages the heavy consumption of alcohol on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The term was coined earlier this decade to describe a spike in alcohol sales and an increase in the number of people heading out to reconnect with friends home for the holiday. Although many bars will be closed due to the pandemic, it does not stop the mass amount of alcohol that is consumed in house parties and family gatherings.

For Thanksgiving Holiday according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2014 through 2018, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes. NHTSA also found during that time period, 47% of drivers between the ages of 21 and 34 were involved in fatal car crashes were driving under the influence of alcohol.

Always remember to plan ahead if you will be celebrating. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously and do not consume alcohol, not even one drink. Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely. If you see a drunk or erratic driver on the Causeway Bridge, please contact 504-835-3116 (or *27) to contact Causeway Police. By working together, we can our roadways safe.