MACOMB COUNTY — The Thanksgiving holiday is not only a time to stop and give thanks with friends and family, it’s also infamously known as a time to make a toast or two or three with friends from out of town at a favorite watering hole.
Which is why Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham has put out a reminder — and an alert — that people should remember to have a designated driver when out and about celebrating because he’s stepped up patrols to keep the roads safe for everyone.
Wickersham said the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is widely recognized as the biggest “bar night” of the year and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season.
Students are home from college and many have a long weekend off from work. This generally results in crowded bar scenes.
“We want everyone to enjoy themselves,” the sheriff said in a prepared statement. “If you chose to drink, please do so responsibly and arrange for transportation at the end of the night. Simply put, we want everyone to get home safely.”
Wickersham is also reminding motorists to be watchful for deer crossing the roads. With the drop in temperatures and with hunting season in full swing, the deer are much more active. His department typically sees a considerable increase in the number of car/deer collisions this time of year.
So far in November, there have been 40 car/deer crashes in the northern part of Macomb County, the sheriff’s office reports. Two of those crashes resulted in injuries to the driver or vehicle occupants.
Similarly, the sheriff’s office investigated 43 car/deer crashes in November 2012. Those crashes also resulted in injuries. By comparison, there were 19 car/deer crashes this October, Wickersham reports.
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