Thanksgiving is a holiday that centers around gratitude, family and friends, and a lot of food. The consumption/over consumption of alcohol is a popular trend during the Thanksgiving holiday, with one of the most dangerous nights occurring on the Eve of Thanksgiving. Rochester Police want to remind everyone out and about this Thanksgiving holiday that drunk driving is dangerous and illegal, period. If you are under the influence of any impairing substance, hand the keys to a sober friend instead of driving yourself home.
Drunk driving is a real threat to our community every day, and that threat increases during holidays like Thanksgiving. Driving under the influence is deadly and illegal, and no one should ever take that risk.
Drunk-driving-related crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday season (6 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it one of the deadliest holidays on our roadways. If you know you’re headed out for a night of drinking, make sure you plan for a sober ride home. It is never safe to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk or otherwise impaired. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
Options to Get Home Safely
If you’re planning to head out to the bar or to parties during the Thanksgiving holiday, make sure you plan for a sober ride home. Don’t leave your house without a plan on how to get home safely — once you start drinking you likely won’t make good choices. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a safe night out.
- Remember that it is never okay to drive impaired. Whether you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, an impairing substance, or both, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Police. That call could save a life!
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.