CREATED Nov. 27, 2013
GREEN BAY, WI- Thanksgiving Eve is now known nationwide as "Blackout Wednesday" as police are reporting a spike in binge drinking and drunk driving on this night. Bar owners and local law enforcement working to make sure things don't get out of hand.
Bar owners here in downtown Green Bay say tonight is one of the busiest times of the year as college students come home looking to party.
"We get a great amount of business from that," says Amanda Watson at Stadium View Bar.
"Younger crowd doing a lot of drinking," says Clarke Boyle at Fitzgeralds Irish Pub.
And there lies the problem students returning from college. Many striving to black-out according to the Centers for Disease Control.
According to the CDC, starting tonight until New Years Day about 730 people will be injured or killed in drunk driving accidents nationwide.
In Brown County alone 92 citations issued during last Thanksgiving weekend.
The Brown and Manitowoc County OWI Task Force are out tonight. A warning for students.
"They need to realize they're not in college anymore and the sense that they're back home and we'll definitely be looking for them," says Michael Panosh with the Wisconsin DOT.
And so will bar owners. Stadium View doubling their staff, increasing security.
"Our staff definitely makes sure that everyone's safe when they go out on the roads," says Watson.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking for women as four or more drinks and for men, five or more. Something law enforcement hopes people keep in mind.