Black Wednesday: Avoid a DWI on Thanksgiving Eve

Spend Your Holiday at Home (Not Arrested for Drunk Driving)

Police departments throughout New Jersey will be cracking down on drunk and intoxicated driving this Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving Eve, sometimes referred to as ‘Black Wednesday,’ is considered one of the busiest bar night of the year, which also means it may be one of the likeliest nights of the year to get arrested for drunk driving in NJ. Mix that in with the most traveled holiday on our roads, some nasty weather and we may be looking at a deadly mix. The combination of college students coming home for the holiday and locals going out to celebrate their day off has made Thanksgiving Eve an alcohol-driven night of partying nationwide. Black Wednesday’s night of revelry then, is referred to as the “blacked-out” state of many who drink beyond their limit in some circles.

Although fatal car accidents are at a five-year low in New Jersey, they continue to be the leading cause of accidental deaths in the state and the nation. And even though the stats have decreased from the prior year, Ocean County (second to Middlesex County) still has one of the highest fatality rates by County in New Jersey.

People often drink more as they’re celebrating with family and friends during the Thanksgiving time. Be smart this Black Wednesday and get home to spend your holidays with the family…not in jail. It’s important to remember these tips and you will have a good (and safe) time:

• If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver.
• Take public transportation or a taxi.
• Spend the night instead of driving home.
• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
• Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

Many people believe that New Year’s Eve is the night when the most drunken driving accidents occur but they may actually be wrong; New Year’s Eve is said to be second to Thanksgiving which has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities. Drunk driving facts are no laughing matter. At your next Thanksgiving dinner, give thanks for the health of those you are with and make sure that they get home safely.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, or a DWI or DUI offense, you need to contact an experienced NJ DWI Lawyer at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. to protect your rights. These charges often bring consequences such as fines, imprisonment, license suspension and other penalties. The attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C. can help and can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 732-965-3350. We represent clients throughout Ocean County and Monmouth County, New Jersey.