If you're headed to grandmother's house or somewhere else on Thanksgiving, or if you're waiting for loved ones driving here, there's a major warning from state troopers.
Troopers are concentrating on two factors:
- Too many drunk drivers out on the road on Wednesday night
- 9 out of 10 travelers are on the road instead of the air for this busy travel weekend
It makes for a particularly dangerous combination. And it's why law enforcement and even ODOT are trying to be proactive.
if you're on the road for Thanksgiving, pack your patience and plenty of common sense. The best time to leave? Friday at 4:00 a.m. The worst time? Saturday at 4:00 p.m. through Sunday afternoon at 3.
Whenever you do hit the road, you'll likely see these 'Turkey says: Buckle, Buckle' electronic billboard with the seasonal spin on safety.
And for good reason.
Binge drinking is at its highest on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The night has become known as 'Blackout Wednesday,' rivaling St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve. In fact, Thanksgiving Eve tops both of those holidays for alcohol sales.
Nationwide, a third or more traffic deaths last Thanksgiving involved drunk driving.
So in Ohio, there's a new push posted along roadways. Call #667 to report drug activity, impaired drivers, and other highway safety concerns. The call is routed to the closest Ohio State Highway Patrol communications center and a trooper is dispatched.
Of the 9 out of 10 of you who choose to hit the road instead of fly, it will cost you more this year. Gas prices are the highest they've been in four years. The average price is around $2.47 a gallon.