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Thanksgiving Eve Launches Dangerous DUI Season

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Drinksgiving. Black Out Wednesday. Thanksgiving Eve has been given a number of names in recent years as a result of what the "holiday" has come to represent.

Because many individuals, including college students who can now legally drink, return to their hometown for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Drinksgiving has now turned into one of the biggest bar nights of the year; surpassing New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day in some areas.

The name 'Black Out Wednesday' is a clever pun, but associates the day with the popular binge drinking fascination of 'blacking out,' or memory loss from excessive alcohol consumption. As is expected on popular nights of drinking, Drinksgiving is also a dangerous time on the roads.

Between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year's, DUI rates are anywhere from double to triple the normal rates from other times of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 728 people will be injured or killed each day between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day as a result of drunk driving.

As always, the holidays are a time for people to enjoy the company of friends and family. If you are not going to be heading to the bars on Thanksgiving Eve, try to avoid the roads. If you do choose to go to the bars, make sure you have plans for a way home to ensure that everybody has a safe and joyful holiday season.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, or have questions regarding the law, contact attorney Brittny Harris at (248) 912-3311.

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