Be Careful, “Drinksgiving” is Also This Week

Each year, the National Safety Council provides an estimate of how many traffic fatalities and injuries they expect to occur, for each holiday that year. 

Estimates vary of course, but the NSC is able to provide a 90% confidence interval for their estimates, and they’re careful in their assessments. 

For Thanksgiving 2020, they’re estimating that 485 fatalities will occur in the United States during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with a 90% confidence interval ranging from 380 to 599. 

Thanksgiving will necessarily look different for many of us this year, due to important public health restrictions in place around the country necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s impossible to know how the pandemic will affect these numbers, but they are still very bracing. Almost 500 people is a great deal, especially when you keep in mind that’s just over a four day period. 

The actual day of Thanksgiving always takes place on the fourth Thursday of November, but the entire holiday weekend actually runs 4.25 days from Wednesday evening the night before, to the end of the Sunday after. 

Those extra days of the holiday play an important factor for a number of reasons. In part, it means there is necessarily going to be more travel time for many of us, and time on the road means time where you may be in danger of getting into an accident. 

Another one of the biggest factors in Thanksgiving motor vehicle accidents is driver intoxication. In fact, the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving has actually been given it’s own dubious holiday titles of sorts, including “Drinksgiving” and “Blackout Wednesday”. 

Bars and restaurants have reported that Thanksgiving eve has become a popular time to go out and hit the bars with friends. And it makes sense. People don’t have to work the next day, and in many cases are back at home and possibly seeing old friends they haven’t caught up with in a while. Of course you want to go and celebrate the holiday.

But, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has seen an historical increase in drunk drivers in previous years, and that increase is directly relatable to the increase in traffic fatalities. 

So, if you’re going to go out and celebrate “Drinksgiving” this week, make sure you designate a sober driver or find an alternate way of getting home. The life you save may be your own. 

Further Reading: Halloween Traffic Safety

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