Auto Club Advises to have a Plan before heading on Thanksgiving Eve

Hamilton, NJ — Thanksgiving Eve or Black Wednesday, as it has come to be known, is the most popular drinking night of the year for college students and young professionals returning home for the holiday.  It can be a great time to catch up with hometown friends and family, but it is also a night where alcohol is consumed in excess. Mix that in with the most traveled holiday on our roads, some nasty weather and it can be a deadly concoction.

AAA is asking those heading out on Thanksgiving Eve to plan ahead and designate a sober driver to ensure that everyone gets to and from their destination safely.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in four out of the last five years for which data is available, Thanksgiving weekend surpassed the New Year's holiday in the number of traffic fatalities related to alcohol consumption.

To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering important safety advice to those heading out on Black Wednesday:

·         Always plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver before heading out.

·         Never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink.

·         Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink.

·         Do not hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired

·         Use mass transit or call a taxi.

·         If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself).

·         Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs also can impair your ability to drive safely.

Visit for impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.