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Buckle Up and Don’t Drive Impaired This Thanksgiving Holiday

For most people, Thanksgiving travel plans look different this year, but that doesn’t mean safe driving practices should take a back seat. Many families are finding creative ways to still spend the holiday with their loved ones, and for some, that includes traveling. We want you to get there safely. Two easy ways to help accomplish that: buckle up and don’t drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Click It or Ticket

It’s a fact: seat belts save lives. But a large number of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend weren’t wearing their seat belts — especially at night. 

  • 291 passenger vehicle occupants were killed
  • 54% of those killed at night were unbuckled
  • 42% of those killed during the day were unbuckled

NHTSA’s Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement mobilization, which runs November 16-29, reminds everyone that seat belts save lives.

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different

During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, nearly one in three traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver. It’s important to understand even a small amount of alcohol can affect a person quickly. For example, someone with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 can have some loss of judgment. Drugs can also impact how a person drives. In fact, it’s been proven that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects — slows reaction time, impairs cognitive performance, and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.

Boycott Blackout Wednesday and Ditch Danksgiving

Recent cultural trends during the Thanksgiving holiday, “Blackout Wednesday” and “Danksgiving,” promote heavy consumption of alcohol and marijuana throughout the long holiday weekend. This year, NHTSA and its partners are taking to social media with #BoycottBlackoutWednesday and #DitchDanksgiving to discourage driving drunk or high. 

By driving sober, buckling up every time, and making sure your passengers do the same, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones arrive to your holiday destination safe and sound.