DETROIT, MI – Law enforcement to step up patrols from Thanksgiving Eve into the new year. In Oakland county alone there will be 7 patrol cars designated to spot and stop anyone suspected of driving while under the influence. November 27th, 2013 is slated to be the biggest night for alcohol consumption in the entire United States. This also means the potential for more arrests, more vehicle accidents and anything else that comes along with to much consumption of the adult beverages.
The night before Thanksgiving has risen on its own for being the biggest drinking night of the year. It is not a corporate made up holiday or reason to drink. Its one that has come about because of the following:
- Everyone is home for the holidays i.e., students from college, people who have moved out of state and have come home for the holiday and they want to see old friends.
- Many Americans have Thanksgiving Day off.
- Unless your a glutton for punishment, no one wants to entertain the night before Thanksgiving.
- Thanksgiving dinner is a perfect hangover cure unless your the one doing the cooking and cleaning
- It’s the perfect excuse to relax before spending it with relatives that you would rather not be with.
Here is something to contemplate before heading to your local watering hole though. Between the hours of 8 p.m. on the night before Thanksgiving and 3 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, parking and rear-end accidents increase by an average of 24 percent, collision claims go up 17 percent and property damage claims rise 14 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 728 people will be injured or killed in drunk-driving accidents each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s — two to three times higher than at any other time of year.
Motorists planning to drink before getting behind the wheel this Thanksgiving should think twice. Law enforcement will be stepped up starting at 6p.m. across all entities. Law enforcement agencies around the state are adding extra DUI patrols this holiday season in an effort to combat drunk driving-related crashes.