Buckle Up and Don’t Drive Impaired This Thanksgiving Holiday

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from 2016-2020, over 800 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver. The holiday period begins on Thanksgiving Eve when we typically see people begin to gather with family and friends. In fact, from 2016-2020, 138 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve were drunk. It’s important to understand even a small amount of alcohol can affect a person quickly. For example, someone with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 can have some loss of judgment.

Drugs also affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects — can impact how a person drives. THC slows reaction time, impairs cognitive performance, and makes it more difficult for drivers to stay in their lane.

By driving sober, buckling up every time, and making sure your passengers do the same, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones arrive to your holiday destination safely. Also, remember to watch your speed and don’t drive distracted. Additional officers will be patrolling the roadways to ensure everyone is driving safely. Enjoy your holiday!