Known as a holiday to spend with family and friends, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the entire year. But while the holiday is one of gratitude and joy, it can also prove quite dangerous. This is because of the sheer congestion expected on the roads – especially Wednesday afternoon, which in some major cities will cause delays up to four times the usual travel time.
The number of travelers anticipated is actually staggering. According to AAA, more than 55 million people will be taking to the road (and skies) to travel a minimum of 50 miles this Thanksgiving. Compared to just a year ago this is an increase of 1.6 million people (2.9 percent)
With this many people on the road, it is important to take proper precautions to stay safe. This is especially important considering that the National Safety Council found that during the 2017 Thanksgiving Day period (Wednesday evening through the end of Sunday), 35 percent of those killed will be related to an alcohol-impaired driver. This percentage of fatalities during the holiday period was 6 percent higher than those rates for the entire year (29 percent). Therefore, drunk driving is one of the most dangerous risks during this period of time. That is why it is so important to report a suspected drunk driver.
Ray Schlegel recently joined Good Day NWA to discuss some important safety tips to keep in mind during the holiday season.
Reporting a Suspected Drunk Driver
Should you notice any of the following occurring with any drivers around you, maintain a safe distance from them and call 911. Explain to the operator what makes you believe they are intoxicated, their direction headed, names of streets, car and driver description. If you can obtain the license plate number that is also important.
- Sudden, abrupt turns
- Driving outside of one’s lane (two at once)
- Random acceleration and braking
- Slowing or swerving
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Not observing traffic lights
- Stopping in traffic at inappropriate times
When you call 911 to report what you believe to be a drunk driver, you are in no way required to self-identify. That considered there is nothing to lose by calling and only the safety of those on the road to secure. Help save someone’s life.
Other Tips for Staying Safe
In addition to being observant for drunk drivers, remember the following:
- Give yourself enough time to get from one place to another – expect traffic
- Pay close attention to the weather and prepare for any of that which is inclement
- Prepare your vehicle to be “winter-ready” by taking it in and having it looked at
- Rest before you drive and pull over if you feel drowsy
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