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Thanksgiving weekend one of the most dangerous times to drive

The National Safety Council says about 515 individuals could die on roads throughout the nation this Thanksgiving vacation, the highest estimate since 2007.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif — Many individuals begin celebrating the Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday night time and sadly that may lead to a quantity of individuals ingesting and getting behind the wheel.

This time final year most individuals stayed dwelling in the San Diego area due to the pandemic however with eating places and bars again open, the roads are anticipated to be busy once more Wednesday night time.

“A $50 Uber ride is better than a $15,000 DUI,” stated Pandit, who took an Uber from Oceanside to the Gaslamp Quarter.

The Wednesday earlier than Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for individuals driving or driving in vehicles.

The National Safety Council says about 515 individuals could die on roads throughout the nation this Thanksgiving vacation, the highest estimate since 2007.

“There’s just so much alcohol consumption going on around the holidays, that it’s not often thought of: ‘Oh wow, I’m consuming alcohol all day long. Now I need to drive home,’” stated Kim Christianson.

Christianson is the Special Events Manager in San Diego for Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD. MADD is a nationwide, non-profit group whose mission is to cease drunk driving, forestall underaged ingesting and help the victims of these crimes.

She says the group has labored to change legal guidelines throughout the nation and so they help measures like DUI checkpoints to assist save lives.

“You’re not going to be able to hide. You’re going to get caught. We’re going to see you and that there are actions in place to actively prevent you from drinking and driving and hurting someone else. So absolutely the DUI checkpoints certainly help,” Christianson stated.

MADD additionally reviews that drunk driving is the #1 trigger of demise on the roads and that two of each three individuals in America will likely be impacted by a drunk driving crash of their lifetime.

“Now it’s easier with Uber and Lyft and things like that. So, I took precautions, came over, have a few drinks, enjoy ourselves, go back home and enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow,” stated Kenny, who was in Gaslamp with buddies.

Christianson says driving below the affect is a alternative no one should make.

You can designate one other driver who’s sober, name a rideshare company or just not drive if you happen to’ve been ingesting. 

To contact MADD, click on the HELP button.

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