Forget about New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick’s Day.
One of the busiest nights for police officers is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. That is the time when many visitors arrive from out of town and meet to a local bar to enjoy conversation and of course alcohol.
Today is now known as Drinksgiving or Black Wednesday.
Omaha Police Lt. John Sokolik is with the traffic division and says they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers tonight. He says, “As law enforcement we do see a spike in the numbers of intoxicated people on the roads at this time. We do take efforts to reduce that, primarily through enforcement but also through education and messaging to try to get the word out for people to obey the laws and not put themselves at unnecessary risk.”
Lt. Sokolik says that means having a designated driver call a cab or use ride-sharing.
This is also a time for other drivers to be alert to those who may be intoxicated. Lt. Sokolik says a vehicle driving without lights on is a good indicator that the person behind the wheel is intoxicated. Crossing the center line is another indicator as well as driving above or below the speed limit. He says keep your distance from those other drivers and call 911 if you suspect someone is intoxicated.
Extra officers will be out during the Thanksgiving holiday making sure everyone is buckling up, not intoxicated and driving dangerously. Taking these steps will allow you to have a great Thanksgiving meal with family and friends instead of behind bars facing charges.