Alcohol and Thanksgiving Driving Don’t Mix
Thanksgiving should be a wonderful time for the holiday and to get together with friends. The downside of Thanksgiving is it often involves alcohol.
In this video, I warn of the potential dangers of drinking at Thanksgiving. If you plan on drinking and are on the road, be sure to have a designated driver.
The Thanksgiving holiday is often a hazardous time on the roads of Virginia as drunk driving pushes up the accident rate. In 2012, for instance, we reported how there were 13 fatal crashes on the roads of the Commonwealth.
A recent article in Forbes Magazine said Thanksgiving has on occasions, been the most deadly holiday of the year.
In 2008, 502 people were killed on the road that day. On a typical day, 102 people die in traffic accidents. Robert Sinclair, a spokesman for AAA told Forbes, the combined factors of more than 50 percent more drivers on the road and higher-than-usual alcohol consumption contribute to its danger.
As if alcohol was not a big enough threat, bad weather may make driving conditions hazardous along the east coast of America.
The National Weather Service said major Northeast cities will likely see moderate to heavy rain most of Wednesday. Meteorologist Andrew Orrison said in a WAVY.com report that higher elevation areas west of the Interstate 95 corridor could see as much as 6 to 12 inches of snow.
Although the coast would see mostly rain, the Weather Service says a storm could leave a few inches of snow before exiting the region early Thursday.
“We’re not looking at major cities seeing significant snowfall,” Orrison said. “It will mostly be rain for big cities and then maybe a couple of slushy inches of accumulation in cities like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.”
Drive carefully and have a happy Thanksgiving. And don’t forget to take care on the roads and appoint a designated driver if you are drinking alcohol. You can contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation if you are injured due to the fault of another driver.