MoDOT Urges Pre-Planning Prior to "Blackout Wednesday"

It's one of the busiest nights at your local bar or tavern this year

Brett Blume
November 20, 2018 - 12:31 pm

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Sure, you've heard of Black Friday -- but what about "Blackout Wednesday"?

Scott Jones with MoDOT's Highway Safety and Traffic Division says it's a phenomenon that occurs just before Thanksgiving Day and only recently had a name attached to it.

"Blackout Wednesday is one of the biggest bar nights of the year," Jones told KMOX's Brett Blume. "We have a lot of people coming home for the holidays, maybe they're home from college or been traveling a ways. They know their next day is taken care of for them. Their meals are planned and all they have to do is show up, so they go out and have a good time.

However, Jones says this doesn't mean you shouldn't have a good time.

"By all means, enjoy yourself. Meet up with your friends and catch up. At the same time, plan ahead for a safe way to get home."

And he says unless they've made arrangements, they've got a good chance to become a tragic statistic.

"Plan ahead for a safe ride home," Jones urges. "There is any number of rideshare opportunities, cabs, or even a designated driver. Remember, the designated driver isn't the person who drank the least in your group, it's the person who does not drink alcohol."

MoDOT says the always-busy Thanksgiving holiday brings a trifecta of concerns to the roadways -- including impact driving, distracted driving and heavy congestion.

Over the past five years, more than 8-00 people have died in alcohol-impaired crashes, making Thanksgiving the deadliest holiday on U.S. roadways.