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AAA warns drivers about 'Drinksgiving'

Posted at 11:41 AM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 11:41:16-05

As you hit the roads for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, be extra alert of drunk drivers. 

AAA has dubbed the day before Thanksgiving as 'Drinksgiving' or 'Black-out Wednesday' because of binge drinking at bars. The company says college students and others are home for the holiday and are reuniting with friends at bars. 

From 2012 to 2016, over 800 people died nationwide in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

In Maryland, state police are setting up DUI checkpoints in Harford County, while Howard County Police will conduct several sobriety checkpoints and have extra officers on the roads this weekend.