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Beware the Trap of Blackout Wednesday

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for many people that means making travel plans, preparing a menu, and getting ready to spend the holiday with family (as well as possibly gearing up for the following day’s shopping frenzy.) However, what if we told you that the day before Thanksgiving is also a day of note? While it is the single busiest road traffic day of the entire calendar year across the country, the truth is there’s more to it than that.

When you ask the average person what days you’re most likely to come in contact with drunk drivers each year, most will answer things like the fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and plenty of others. What many people don’t realize is that the day before Thanksgiving also falls on this list, and in some cities, actually rises right to the top.

The day before Thanksgiving is often referred to as “Blackout Wednesday,” and in areas around the country, it’s the busiest night of the year for bars and taverns. This may come as a surprise to some people, especially given that the Thanksgiving holiday isn’t one known for drunkenness and a general party atmosphere. However, the night before often features plenty of it.

The reasoning for it is fairly simple. In many cases, it’s the first day home for college students who are out on vacation after weeks of grueling exams and midterms. Often it’s their first opportunity to see old friends who may have gone their separate ways and reunite over drinks to discuss their lives. For family members who may not have seen each other in some time, this provides a similar opportunity, including the ability to unwind after a long and often-frustrating day of travel.

All of these people decide to go out for a drink at a local beverage establishment, and few plan ahead to ensure that they have a ride home afterward. As a result, there are a ton of inebriated drivers out on the road making driving more dangerous for everyone.

Increased Chances of a DUI

Law enforcement are well aware of blackout Wednesday, and it’s not uncommon to see increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints on this night, especially in areas close to where there is a larger number of bars and restaurants. Even though it’s the night before a holiday, they won’t hesitate to arrest you and charge you with driving under the influence. And that could really put a damper on your holiday plans.

If you plan on going out with family or friends on Blackout Wednesday, do the smart thing and plan ahead. Either take a taxi or rideshare over to your location, or go with a designated driver who can get you home safely. The last thing you want to have to worry about over Thanksgiving dinner is an impending hearing request deadline as well as a future court date.

If you have been arrested for DUI, do not hesitate to reach out to a Scranton DUI lawyer as soon as possible and get help with your case. Call the Law Offices of William D. Thompson at (570) 666-1068 and request a consultation!
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