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A tradition called "Blackout Wednesday" picking up traction across the country

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - While many Americans celebrated the holidays from the comfort of their homes last year, some are now looking to celebrate at the bars.

It is a tradition that has been picking up traction all over the country.

"Blackout Wednesday" or "Drinksgiving" -- it's a day heavily associated with binge drinking.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, from the years, 2015 to 2019, 135 drivers were involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve.

Sheriff John Plasse tells News 10 that drunk driving is one of the only crimes that is 100% preventable.

He lists off some of the things you should be on high alert for...

He says to steer clear of swerving cars, aggressive driving, and drivers that are changing speeds frequently.

If you see this -- be sure to call 911.

If you see someone heading out after drinking too much, ask them how they are getting home, or if you can assist them with a ride.

He tells News 10 it is important that we look out for one another especially on nights surrounding holidays.

"Thanksgiving is a time to be happy, to be thankful for what you have, spend time with family. It is not the time to be in a serious accident or be in the hospital, or even be killed."

Plasse says to be especially careful during the hours of 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

If you need a way to get home -- be sure to designate a driver before going out, or call an Uber.

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