If you're like most Washingtonians, you're probably preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family or friends. If you're like most people in the Seattle area, your Thanksgiving Day will include gathering around a TV to watch the Seahawks battle the 49ers in San Francisco that evening.
In either case, be sure to keep your wits about you if you are planning to drive this long weekend - because you can be certain that law enforcement agencies will be keeping their eyes peeled for suspected impaired drivers.
Since many football fans may gather at a sports bar or private residence to watch the Seahawks game, police know that many of these Thanksgiving Day partygoers will be consuming alcohol. In addition, some families may include wine or spirits as part of their turkey day meal. As a result, many jurisdictions will be stepping up patrols and looking for people who are driving drunk.
But many Washingtonians may not know that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is also a popular night for drinking. In fact, this day is often referred to as "Blackout Wednesday" because of the sheer number of folks who like to celebrate the end of a short week by having a few drinks. Throw in a substantial amount of college students on break, who tend to hit the bars to start their four-day weekend, and you can see why some establishments make as much money on this Wednesday as they do on St. Patrick's Day - or even New Year's Eve.
So wherever you may be driving this week, you should do your best to drink responsibly, designate a driver, or utilize cabs or other means of transportation. But if you do managed to be pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence, it's imperative that you engage the services of a qualified DUI defense lawyer to help you with your case. Call us for a free consultation at 206-971-0067.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And Go 'Hawks!