Sadly, each holiday season, there is an increase in the number of drunken driving accidents occurring nationally.
The drunk driving season typically begins today, on Thanksgiving Eve, which is also known as “Blackout Wednesday” by some in the bar industry. Statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) show a sharp rise in drunk-driving fatalities on Thanksgiving Eve, with the day competing with holidays including New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July as one of the drunkest nights on roadways.
According to MADD, the proportion of people killed in drunk driving crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday spiked by 30 percent in 2010, when compared to the rest of the year. The organization indicated that this trend has been taking place for several years now, as many people travel and drink with high school friends and family members that they have not seen recently.
What is the Tie One On For Safety Campaign?
Because of this, the organization has started the Tie One On For Safety campaign, in which people are being asked to display a red ribbon on their cars to remind others to plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before attending parties or going out to the bar during the holiday season.
Aside from designated drivers, there are alternatives to drunk driving in Nashville, including public transportation, Uber and Lyft and taxis.
Remember, drunk driving is a crime and Tennessee has some of the strongest laws in the country, with first-time offenders sentenced to jail for a mandatory 48 hours, or 30 days if a passenger under 16 is in a vehicle.
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“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15