The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving Day is known for being the biggest party night of the year. With University students back home for the holiday and employees having Thursday off of work, hoards of people go out to enjoy themselves and imbibe in a few beverages. Urban Dictionary refers to the night as Black Wednesday, while Wikipedia takes it one step further with the term Blackout Wednesday. Because Black, or Blackout Wednesday, is the biggest drinking night of the year, there are a few things you need to be aware of when it comes to driving.
First of all, you need to be careful driving downtown, especially near bars, where traffic is likely going to be much heavier than usual. If you have plans or dinner reservations, give yourself some extra time to make it to your destination. With more traffic and more people around, the last thing you want to do is practice aggressive driving or speeding.
You should also be on the lookout for pedestrians. In downtown Charleston especially, pedestrians will be crossing the roads constantly, and not necessarily waiting to do so at crosswalks. Keep an eye out for intoxicated pedestrians as well, who may not be as attentive to cars.
It’s also important to pay attention to other drivers, especially if you suspect someone is driving under the influence. If you believe another driver is under the influence, call 911. Make note of your location, the make and model of the vehicle, the color of the vehicle, and if possible, the license plate number. The more information you have for the police, the better.
If you will be going out to enjoy the biggest party night of the year, please, as always, be responsible when it comes to driving. Make sure you have a safe way to get home, whether that means having a friend be the designated driver or using a transportation app. Luckily, Uber and Lyft are both available in the Charleston area. However, both apps will possibly have a surcharge on such a big party night, so a DD may your best option. If neither option is possible, keep the number of a local cab company handy in your cellphone or wallet.
Whatever happens on Blackout Wednesday, do not get behind the wheel after drinking so that you can ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Don’t be another statistic.
The John Price Law Firm wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!