Drivers beware: 'Black Wednesday' is a bad day for crashes, study says

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A new survey by Progressive Insurance claims the chance of being involved in a minor car crash dramatically rises the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the Star Tribune reported.

A spokeswoman for the nation's fourth-largest insurance carrier said there is a 24 percent increase in crashes on what they deemed "Black Wednesday," including rear-end wrecks, fender benders in parking lots and motorists hitting parked cars on streets.

Progressive Claims Group President Tricia Griffith said in a press release that a "mixture of relatives in town, students home from school and no work the following day makes for a busy day on the roads."

"With a little information and greater awareness, we can all make better driving decisions," Griffith said.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said law enforcement agencies across the state will be adding extra patrols to enforce DWIs beginning Thanksgiving eve, KSTP reported.

“Thanksgiving begins a busy travel season and we need everyone’s help to ensure our roads remain as safe as possible,” Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol said in a DPS press release. “Safe roads begin with safe decisions, especially planning ahead for a sober ride.”

The DPS said the night before Thanksgiving is a "historically popular party night," which is why patrols will be on the lookout.

Last year in the state, 104 people died in drunk driving crashes and 2,644 suffered injuries.

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