Thanksgiving Weekend Driving
Monday November 25, 2019
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to ensure drivers and their passengers are safe during this special time of year.
Each year, the Thanksgiving holiday results in millions of travelers on the road, en route to and from their holiday destination. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2018, there were 513 passenger vehicle occupants killed in vehicle crashes across the nation.
Two recent trends have sprung from the Thanksgiving holiday: “Blackout Wednesday” and “Danksgiving". These trends highlight, and even encourage, the heavy consumption of alcohol and marijuana throughout the long holiday weekend. BHSJ is reminding vehicle drivers that impaired driving of any kind - whether drugged or drunk - is dangerous and illegal in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. Whether the drug was legally prescribed or illegally obtained, drug-impaired driving poses a threat to the drivers, their passengers, and other road users.
“Please, use judgment before driving, or getting in a car with a person who has been drinking or using drugs. Remember: if you feel different, you drive different.” Says Jim Cook, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at the local health department. “You family wants you around for the holidays this year, and for years to come.”