Commit to a Sober Trip Home This Thanksgiving – Official Site of the Arlington County Government in Virginia
Posted on November 19, 2021
ARLINGTON, Virginia – Thanksgiving should be an important holiday to celebrate with family and friends, but drunk driving could jeopardize your place at the table. This Thanksgiving, the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD), the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming up to remind you that Drinking driving is driving while intoxicated. Prioritize your safety and the safety of others during the Thanksgiving holiday – if you plan on drinking, plan not to drive. It could change your life and the lives of your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers nearby.
Nationally, impaired driving crashes are on the rise during the Thanksgiving holiday season. According to the NHTSA, from 2015 to 2019, 135 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were intoxicated and during the entire holiday period (6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays). before Thanksgiving until 5:59 a.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving), nearly 800 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes. During the Thanksgiving 2019 holiday season, more than four times as many drivers involved in fatal crashes were drunk at night than during the day.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, traditionally a time of celebration with heavy drinking, the ACPD, in partnership with WRAP, is hosting a Thanksgiving event against drunk driving to highlight the impact of alcohol on motor skills. . This free event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, November 24, at N. Hudson Street and Wilson Boulevard, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate with a plan
Don’t let drunk driving stop you from making it to the Thanksgiving table – if you’re planning on drinking, follow these simple tips for a safe and happy vacation:
- Remember that it is never okay to drive while intoxicated. Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic drink, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transit or a transportation service to get home safely.
- If you see a suspected impaired driver on the road, report it to local police. To report a suspected impaired driver in Arlington County, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.
- Do you have a friend who is about to drive drunk? Take their keys and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Always remember: Drinking driving is drunk driving. For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.
- N. Hudson Street between Wilson Boulevard and 13th Street N. will be closed from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. to accommodate this event.
Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “no parking” signs in the area. Illegally parked vehicles can be fined or towed. If your vehicle is being towed from a public road, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.