PORTLAND, Ore. – As millions of people get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, police are warning people about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday through Monday, is the deadliest time on the roads.
Between 2012 and 2016, drunk driving led to more than 800 deaths.
Those people either didn’t make it to their Thanksgiving meals or they died just days after, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That’s why it’s launching the "Make it to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve” campaign.
It’s meant to encourage people to plan ahead.
The day before Thanksgiving is a day associated with drinking.
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, surrounded by friends and family, embracing reunions, but these plans need to be determined before your first drink.
Designate a sober driver. Take a taxi, Uber or Lyft to your destination, then you’ll be forced to take one back.
The NHTSA even has a free app to help you get home.
It’s called Safer Ride.
Once you download it, you can see it has three main options:
- Get Taxi
- Call Friend
- Where Am I?
The Call Friend button allows you to pick a friend ahead of time who can pick you up.
The Where Am I? option will pull up a map of your exact location.