'Blackout Wednesday' a new, dangerous fad

Posted at: 11/27/2013 10:14 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2013 10:44 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

This year, "Blackout Wednesday" is a popular term online, as twenty-somethings profess plans to hit the bars on Thanksgiving Eve with the sole purpose of drinking so much they can't remember it the next day.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says if you suspect an adult kid is going out to drink, the first line of defense is to talk to them about their options.

"Ideally you'd want them to take the initiative and designate a non-drinking driver because that's what we would expect adults to do, but hey, if you're game - go ahead and pick your kids up," executive director Ben Lewinger said. "Anything to make sure they get home safe tonight."

Another option for those drinking is the free "Tavern Taxi" service through Bernalillo County.

They'll have a taxi bring drinkers to the bar and set them up with numbers for safe cab rides home.

"If you take the car out of the equation then there is of course no drinking and driving which makes it safer," Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Program Manager Carl Broach said.

Sheriff's deputies and New Mexico state police have extra patrols out and APD says no one on their DWI unit will have a night off until after the weekend.