Thanksgiving Eve Now Known as “Blackout Wednesday”

One of the most troubling trends of the season is a substantial rise in binge drinking and DUIs on Thanksgiving Eve. The day before Thanksgiving has become particularly high-risk for college students, and bars in some urban areas report seeing more business on that day than St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s. AMS reports that alcohol violations are as much as 37% higher on Blackout Wednesday–a larger jump than on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas.

  • Before you go to a party, designate a sober driver. #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving and can have serious consequences @NHTSAgov @AdCouncil
  • Your nights out should be filled with fun but remember, #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving @NHTSAGov @Adcouncil


The Gloucester Township Police Department wants our residents to have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving but you have to remember to be safe.  Just because you are celebrating a holiday doesn’t mean you can take safety for granted.

Preparedness Tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • If you must use a turkey fryer, make sure it is outdoors and in an open area away from all walls, fences or other structures that could catch on fire and away from moisture that can cause serious burns from steam or splattering hot oil. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen and use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
  • After your Thanksgiving guests leave, ask a family member to perform a home safety check to ensure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.

Sources: American Red Cross,* U.S. Fire Administration,** and the National Fire Protection Association.***


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The Holiday Season has started and it appears everyone is already in a rush.  When shopping or picking up dinner please DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE.  It is illegal and dangerous.

Fire Lane Parking Violations and Awareness

  • Under NJ Statue 39:4-138g, no vehicles shall park in a posted “No Parking” zone.
  • Under Gloucester Township Local Ordinance 81-35, all vehicles must park in designated areas and between the lines provided.
  • A Fire Lane is designed as a staging area for fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles who are responding to an emergency situation.
  • Parking in a Fire Lane can delay the response time of emergency personnel.
  • When a vehicle is parked in a Fire Lane, other vehicles traveling through the parking lot cannot see pedestrians entering the roadway.  This leads to motor vehicle crashes that can result in serious injury or death.
  • It is still a violation, if a vehicle is parked in the Fire Lane with a person in the driver’s seat, even if you are “just waiting for someone”.

If you have any questions please contact the GTPD Traffic Safety Unit at 856-374-5715 or email 

DRIVING TO GRANDMA’S HOUSE Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming. Watch weather predictions for your entire route so you know what to expect along the way.

  • Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired.
  • Be well rested and alert.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.
  • Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
  • Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  • If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

If winter weather threatens and you become stuck in the snow, these tips are for you:

  • Stay with the car. Do not try to walk to safety.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won’t back up in the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running to help rescuers see the vehicle.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.
  • Carry an emergency preparedness kit in the trunk.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

PLANES, TRAINS It’s flu season. If you’ve been sick or been in contact with someone who is sick, consider postponing your trip. You could be contagious for a week before symptoms appear.

  • Remember that everything you touch has to be touched by someone else – luggage handlers, etc. Handle your own belongings as much as possible. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.
  • Bring your own pillows and blankets – they can act as a shield against the seat itself.
  • Avoid touching your face or eyes. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve


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