Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and fun. However, despite the cheer and merriment, please take care while traveling on the road this Wednesday night. According to local Toledo law enforcement, Thanksgiving Eve is the worst night of the year for drunk driving, even more problematic than St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s Eve.
Drunk driving, especially during the holidays, is a dangerous proposition for all motorists. Nationwide, deaths from crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent in 2012 – killing 10,322 people compared to 9,865 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In Lucas County alone 18 people died in 14 drug-related or alcohol-related crashes last year – up from 12 deaths in 10 crashes in 2011.
If a friend or family member is impaired, please call a cab service, or arrange for alternative transportation. One option this year is AAA Northwest Ohio, which is offering a “Tipsy Tow” service Wednesday and Thursday. Impaired motorists may call 1-800-AAA-HELP and say they need a Tipsy Tow. The auto club will provide a one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle for up to 10 miles.
Also, if you have to travel Wednesday night, take care and look out for impaired drivers. If you suspect someone might be impaired driver please call the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 1-800-GRAB DUI or dial *DUI. For more tips on how to spot an impaired driver follow this link.
With all motorists taking extra care, we can all have a happy and safe holiday.