• November 1st, 2019

Each year, the Thanksgiving holiday results in millions of travelers on the road, en route to and from their holiday destination. With your help, NHTSA wants to ensure drivers and their passengers are safe during this special time of year.

  • During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2017, there were 365 passenger vehicle occupants killed in vehicle crashes across the nation.

Two recent trends have sprung from the Thanksgiving holiday: “Blackout Wednesday” and “Danksgiving“. These trends highlight, and even encourage, the heavy consumption of alcohol and marijuana throughout the long holiday weekend.

Boycott Blackout Wednesday (alcohol-impaired prevention)
November 27, 2019

We need to remind vehicle drivers that impaired driving of any kind – whether drugged or drunk – is dangerous and illegal in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. Whether the drug was legally prescribed or illegally obtained, drug-impaired driving poses a threat to the drivers, their passengers, and other road users.

On “Blackout Wednesday,” the focus will be to remind drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Likewise, on “Danksgiving,” we will focus on raising awareness about the dangers of drug-impaired driving with the campaign message If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. It doesn’t matter what term you use: If a person is feeling a little high, buzzed, stoned, wasted, or drunk, he or she is impaired and should never get behind the wheel.