Skip to main content

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

  • Author:
  • Updated:

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.

Next Up

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Charges: Driver threw 'large rocks' at police car during highway chase

Authorities say the suspect had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.

covid, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 21

Hospitalizations dipped from 1,629 Jan. 19 to 1,571 on Jan. 20.

minneapolis police

Shooting near University of Minnesota kills 1, injures 2

The victims were all in a parked car when the shooting happened, police said.

canada bodies found 2

Florida man charged with human smuggling after 4 die, 5 rescued near border

A baby and an teenage boy were among those who were found dead feet from the U.S. border.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 8.42.40 AM

Man shot while driving on I-394 in St. Louis Park

The driver and his bullet-riddled SUV wound up outside the DoubleTree hotel in St. Louis Park.

Mall of America

Mall of America to celebrate 30 years with events, giveaways throughout 2022

The festivities will kick off Friday with a '90s-themed drag show.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 7.29.00 AM

Victim of 1994 Michigan cold case murder ID'd as missing Minnesotan

Shelley Rae Kephart went missing from Hennepin County more than 28 years ago.

Mike Zimmer

Coller: Did the Vikings wait too long to fire Zimmer, Spielman?

This wasn’t just ugly. This was ugly, ugly.

walz flanagan lorie shaull flickr

Gov. proposes 'Walz Checks' for most Minnesotans

The governor wants to use $700 million of the state's surplus to fund the payments.

Hutch crash booking photo

Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign

"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.

line 3 enbridge portage lake hubbard county mn tony webster flickr

Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed

The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.