You may, or may not, have heard the term ‘Black Wednesday’ before. It’s not to be confused with Black Friday, Black Wednesday, or blackout Wednesday, refers to the Wednesday before thanksgiving. It might seem minor, but to police? It’s a time to be on high alert…
Black Wednesday: What is it? And How do Police Prepare?
Holiday times bring families together. Every year, the streets are chock full of travelers making their way back home before Thanksgiving. There are only a few times a year when everyone you know, from way back when, is in the same place. So, that night before the holiday, often brings about large gatherings of old friends, having a lot of fun. In short, this Wednesday is one of the biggest party nights of the year.
How did it get started?
Black Wednesday became an event largely because of college students and the increasing number of young professionals in our workforce. Students and younger people come back to their home town, get together with friends they haven’t seen in months or years, and hit the town for a good time. Obviously, they won’t see one another on Thanksgiving because it is time to spend with their families. Therefore, everybody goes out in mass the night before Thanksgiving. After all, what else is there to do when you’re free from work and school?
Police prepare for this night in advance
Law Enforcement officials recognize this holiday as one of the biggest days of drunk driving annually. In fact, stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal more DUI’s on Black Wednesday than New Years Eve. In short, police prepare for drunk people to get behind the wheel of a car on Thanksgiving Eve.
Municipalities often have serious DUI reduction measures in place for the evening, such as increased presence in major party areas and DUI checkpoints. Why do people drive so much on this evening? Often, the story is that friends meet to reunite for “just a drink.” This leads to connecting with other friends who are at other bars nearby. Then, people get in the car to go meet other friends, drink more, and repeat the same process all night long. Therefore, it becomes quite likely along the way, that someone is driving drunk.
Ultimately, holidays equal a larger number of DUI’s…
But that doesn’t mean you have to be part of the statistic. Avoid the car, furthermore, don’t let someone who is drunk drive you home. With a larger number of drunk drivers, comes a higher risk of crash. So, be safe, be smart, and drink responsibly. In the event that you don’t do so? Reach out to a lawyer immediately to discuss the details of your case…