As the wellknown saying goes, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. This adage pretty much sums up what is happening with a recent trend of increased partying on Thanksgiving Eve. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is becoming a holiday in and of itself. Known as "Blackout Wednesday," it is unofficially the beginning of a lengthy DUI season that runs through the holidays and into the New Year.
Last year over Thanksgiving, 15 people died in North Carolina and 10 people in South Carolina. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that almost 730 will be hurt or killed in drunk driving crashes between this Thanksgiving and January 1, 2014. This number is roughly two to three times higher than normal rates.