Stats show an increase in DWIs during the Holidays

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How to make it to the table this Thanksgiving

ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- “If people would be responsible as they are often told to do, or admonished to do, wouldn’t be too much of a problem,” says CEO of Texas Stop DWI Charles Hodges.

It’s a startling statistic, according to the NHTAS, over the past 5 years over 800 people have died during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Cpl. Steve LeSueur with OPD says “a lot of people take off the entire week so it’s almost like the holiday starts the weekend before. So far this year the Odessa Police Department’s made approximately 660 DWI arrest’s and we’ve investigated 231 alcohol-related crashes.”

A number he says is only going to get higher as Thanksgiving approaches. According to research the day before Thanksgiving beer sales increased by over 200% and liquor sales increased by 114%, many referring to that day as “blackout Wednesday.”

Hodges says the “keynote is to make plans before you go out or if you’re hosting a party before you began that party.”

Hodges, who lost his son in a DWI accident, says it’s not worth it and to set a limit and stick to it.

“Know your limit, if your limit is two drinks stop for some it may be another drink or so but whatever that level is stick to it. If people would actually do that the problem would be less.”

OPD adding that even if you pass your limit with all of the rideshare apps there’s no excuse to get behind the wheel.

“Call uber, call a cab, call a close friend, just simply do not get behind the wheel if you’re intoxicated cause it’s just not worth it.”

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