This November 24, families and friends will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day by watching football and enjoying delicious food. However, did you know that the night before is consistently one of the country’s most dangerous times for drunk driving? It’s so important to stay safe, especially during the holidays, so make sure to call a taxi on Thanksgiving Eve.
Thanksgiving Eve: The Biggest Drinking Night of the Year
To most people, the night before Thanksgiving is spent at local neighborhood bars catching up with old friends. Unfortunately though, with so many people out drinking, there’s always going to be a fair share of drunk-driving related accidents.
Drunk driving peaks every year during the holiday season, usually with a spike in accidents around Thanksgiving. According to Progressive Insurance, drunk driving statistics around Thanksgiving Eve are unusually sobering. Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, there is a:
- 24 percent increase in rear-end and parking-related accidents
- 17 percent rise in collision claims
- 14 percent surge in property damage
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 301 people killed in car accidents on Thanksgiving weekend in 2013. In 2014, 11 people died on Thanksgiving weekend in New York State alone.
When there are more cars on the road, there’s inevitably going to be more accidents. AAA reports that approximately 44 million people will travel over 50 miles on Thanksgiving weekend. That leaves a lot of room for failure, so remember to stay safe this holiday.
Where to Spend Your Thanksgiving Eve in Style
If you are going out on Thanksgiving, then you should at least know all the best places to check out.
If you’re looking for a fun bar with great people, you need to check out Mulchay’s in Wantagh. On November 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight, they’re hosting one of the island’s biggest Thanksgiving Eve parties. For $20, you can enjoy DJ Mike Savage and Jonathon Move on the turntables all night. They will also be offering Bud Lights and mixed drinks for $3.50 and Fireball shots for $4.
Head down to Freeport’s Nautical Mile on Thanksgiving and check out EB Elliot’s blowout party. From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the purchase of a drink or appetizer special, your cover for the evening will be waved. Then you’ll be able to check out Buy Us Beer, their house cover band, who will be playing your favorite hits from the 80s until now. DJ Daniel Frank will also be spinning in their new second floor lounge, where they’ll have $150 bottle specials. Doors open at 8 p.m.
This November 23, EGP Oceanside is throwing a big Thanksgiving Eve bash. For a $5 cover charge, you can enjoy live music with Tim & Kira from 8 p.m. to midnight, as well as a DJ dance party with DJ Moose and Psycho T at 10 p.m.
Make sure that wherever you go this Thanksgiving weekend, you make the safe, reliable decision and take a taxi courtesy of All Island. Reservations can be made here.