AAA warns of drunk driving dangers on day before Thanksgiving, holiday weekend

Heavy traffic builds up as travelers head back to DC area following the Thanksgiving holiday, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.PNG

AAA is warning the public of the hazards of drunk driving during Thanksgiving and the holiday weekend.

Beer sales increased by 270 percent and liquor sales spiked by 114 percent on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving based on a study by Upserve.

"Blackout Wednesday" or "Drinksgiving" are terms used for heavy alcohol use and binge drinking by college students and others during the Thanksgiving holiday season.

Officials say police have increased the amount of patrols on the roads to closely monitor drunk driving.

But a new trend is taking place during the holiday season known as "Danksgiving" which refers to individuals who drive under the influence of marijuana-related, cannabis-like substances.

AAA created a checklist of safety tips for people traveling on Wednesday and during the Thanksgiving holidays.

  • Make a plan ahead of time to have a sober and designated driver.
  • Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Don't risk it.
  • If you don't have a designated driver, contact a friend or family member, taxi or car share service like Uber or Lyft to ensure a safe ride home.
  • Never let family or friends drive if they have had too much alcohol to drink.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call police.

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