Thanksgiving Eve, Biggest Night for Drinking and DUI's
SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest drinking and bar nights of the year. It is also one of the deadliest holidays on the roads.
Police Chief R.L. Hughes of the Georgetown Police Department says agencies in both Delaware and Maryland will have extra officers patrolling the streets on Wednesday night. Hughes say the goal is to make sure everyone gets home for the holidays safely.
If you are going to a bar on Thanksgiving Eve, you should remember to think of everyone out on the roads.
Maryellen Kiernan is a manager at Irish Eyes in Lewes and Milton. Kiernan says this night brings in many drinkers and her bartenders know what signs to look for.
"There are a lot of tell tale signs when someone has had too much too drink. When we see they are at that point, then we cut them off. For example, if someone comes in from another establishment and we think they already had too much to drink, then they don't get served," explains Kiernan.
Maryland State Police say drivers who are arrested for being under the influence can spend up to $10,000 in legal fees and fines. Police Chief Hughes says when you had too much too drink, make sure you do not get behind the wheel. Hughes says it's important to note, you are not the only one on the road.
"It's not just themselves that they need to worry about. It's all the other motoring public that they can put in harm's way," says Hughes.
A.J. Borrero is the the manager of the Big Chill Surf Catina in Rehoboth Beach. Borrero says they do not tow cars on Thanksgiving Eve, because they do not want anyone to have any excuse to drive. He mentioned that people should not be offended to ask someone for a ride.
"We will grab your keys if we need too. You might be upset with us that night, but you will thank us when you are eating dinner with your family," says Borrero.
There are a number of sober ride sharing offers going on Wednesday night. You can get a discounted Lyft from the Delaware Officer of Highway Safety.