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Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest periods for drunk-driving fatalities

Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest periods for drunk-driving fatalities

Ed. note: Family, friends, plenty of food, and mucho alcohol. How many family Thanksgiving weekend holidays does that describe? Actually, according to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), it’s actually the Wednesday just prior to Thanksgiving Thursday that is actually the deadliest day for alcohol-related crashes. From there, the rest of the tragic carnage is spread out through the weekend before coming to a halt early Monday morning. According to MADD President Helen Witty: “The increase in holiday travelers combined with a surge in alcohol sales and people reconnecting with friends the night before Thanksgiving also make it one of the deadliest.” Thanksgiving Eve, as it were, has even garnered monikers of its own: “Drinksgiving,” and “Whiskey Wednesday.” It’s a day, said the MADD president, that has become a “cultural phenomenon in which heavy drinking is highlighted and even encouraged.” As a result, drunk driving-related crashes increase. Last year, more than 1,000 peopled died in such alcohol-related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. In fact, again, according to MADD, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are so dangerous that approximately half of all traffic fatalities on those days are caused by drunk driving. Thanksgiving should be a time to give thanks, not grieve. We have all heard it often enough, but enough is never enough: If you drink this Thanksgiving weekend, don’t drink and drive. You don’t want to end up on our DWI pages or in the morgue; and you don’t want to be charged with “intoxication manslaughter.” In Texas, if convicted, it’s a second-degree felony, which carries a sentence of between two and 20 years. ...

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