Talbot Partnership for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention reminds us that as the Thanksgiving weekend kicks off, so begins the most dangerous time of the year on U.S. Highways. Thanksgiving weekend is the most dangerous of all.
In the United States, there have been more alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend than any other weekend during the year, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day combined. Each year, nationally, more than 1,000 people typically die between Thanksgiving and New Year’s in drunk driving crashes.
Alcohol is a particularly serious problem in Talbot County where it is deeply entrenched in our social and cultural norms. Talbot County’s alcohol-induced death rates lead all of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions.
Talbot Partnership reminds all Talbot County residents of what they can do to help:
· Be responsible party hosts during the holiday season.
· Don’t drink and drive.
· Remember, beer and wine are just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler and an ounce and a half of liquor contain the same amount of alcohol.
· Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age, and never ask children to serve alcohol at parties.
· Talk to your kids. Know where they are and what they are doing.
Thanksgiving is a time to make sure that you take steps to keep your family safe. For further information, contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067.