Thanksgiving Travel Season is a Recipe for Drunk Driving Accidents

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Are you planning to pack up your bags next week and hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday? You aren’t alone. Experts say more people will be traveling for the holiday than ever since the Great Recession. A plentiful helping of travel, mixed with a generous cup of holiday cheer, is the perfect recipe for a drunk driving accident to ruin anyone’s holiday. Learn what you need to know to stay safe this Thanksgiving.

Everyone likes to go home for the holidays. This year, an industry organization called Airlines for America is estimating that 25.3 million passengers will take to the air between November 20 and December 1.

Thanksgiving is always the busiest travel holiday, but this year will be especially hectic. The organization says the 1.4 to 2.7 million anticipated travelers per day is the highest rate of travel since 2008. John Heimlich, chief economist for Airlines for America told USA Today:

“As competition continues to boost schedules and drive down airfares in 2015, customers are seeing more opportunities to fly during the holiday season. . . . “

A busy holiday season doesn’t just mean headaches at the airport. Many motorists will be taking to the roads, traveling across Michigan to visit family and friends. Christine Sarkis of told the USA Today:

“The day before Thanksgiving is usually in the top 10 busiest travel days of the year. . . . If you are traveling on the day before Thanksgiving, . . . try to get an early start. According to historical traffic data from Google Maps, pre-Thanksgiving traffic peaks between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the Wednesday.”

There’s another reason to get an early start on travel too: to avoid drunk drivers. Thanksgiving is the second deadliest holiday in Michigan. In 2013, 12 people lost their lives during the holiday weekend.

As travelers hurry to meet with distant family and friends home from out of town, it can be tempting to drive when you have had too much to drink. Thanksgiving Eve is a big night out, with some commentators calling it the best bar night of the year. With all those extra drivers on the road, drunk driving is a recipe for disaster.

In 2013, 255 people died because of alcohol-related crashes. In 2014, 36.1 percent of accidents of fatal accidents involve drugs or alcohol.

Christensen Law doesn’t want you or your family to become part of that statistic. That’s why the law firm is offering you a Safe Ride Home. Instead of hitting the road on Thanksgiving Eve, call a cab or use Uber to get a ride. Christensen Law will pay to get you home safely.

By reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road this Thanksgiving Eve, the attorneys at Christensen Law hope to cut down on the number of auto accidents and families whose holiday dinners are spent in the hospital. If you or someone you know is injured in a drunk driving accident this holiday season, contact Christensen Law for a free consultation.