HAMMOND | Friends: Thanksgiving Eve (sometimes referred to as Black Wednesday or blackout Wednesday) has replaced New Year’s Eve as biggest drinking night of the year. Thanksgiving is also the most traveled holiday period and many of those travelers are in cars. This creates a very dangerous mix.
Every 51 seconds a person is killed by a drunk driver, 17 percent of those killed are under the age of 14.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Police, Indiana State Police and the Hammond Police Department are preparing for Black Wednesday. We have received a grant for traffic enforcement and we will be adding police patrols specifically targeting drunk driving. In addition, Hammond City Court Judge Jeffrey Harkin has raised the bond to $2,000 cash for anyone arrested for driving while intoxicated. Arraignment will be Monday morning (Dec. 2) following the holiday.
It’s my hope that by announcing these patrols and making our presence known, we will deter people from driving drunk. Please plan your partying with safety in mind. Always use a designated driver, and if that fails call a friend or a cab.