National Safety Council Estimates 400 People Killed on Roads this Thanksgiving
According to the National Safety Council, they estimate that about 421 people could be killed and another 48,500 may be seriously injured traveling during the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. This estimate is slightly higher (7 percent to be exact) than the average number of deaths of 393 for the holiday weekend. This period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 through 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.26. According to the data released, a large majority of the deaths for this upcoming weekend take place the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when drivers are more likely to be under the influence of alcohol.
Past trends have shown that over one-third of fatalities over this weekend involve alcohol-impaired drivers. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, also known as “Blackout Wednesday” or “Drinksgiving,” is one of the most popular nights for alcohol consumption for the year. Mix that with lots of people traveling over the weekend and you have a recipe for disaster. “If you plan to celebrate, make smart decisions and commit to having a driver that is not impaired by alcohol or drugs behind the wheel,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “This Thanksgiving, let’s ensure everyone in every family arrives home safely.”