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Staying safe on the roads this holiday season

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The night before Thanksgiving has the reputation of being the biggest party night of the year. But that also means it can be one of the most dangerous, especially on the roads. YNN's Katie Morse has more on how to make sure you and your family stay safe this holiday season.

Bars and restaurants have been prepping for weeks for the night before Thanksgiving. A night that has many of them packed to the brim.

"Friends are back from college, people from out of town are coming in, and people want to go out and celebrate. But there's risk involved in the celebrations," Monica Farrar, from the Drinking Driver Program.

Because so many people will be out drinking and it's such a big party night, experts say the key to staying safe is planning ahead. You need to decide who will drive, or how to get home, if you plan to drink.

"What happens is we get there, we start drinking, and then we think our car is there, or I've done it before, I think we'll all get home safely - and then something happens," explained Farrar.

Planning ahead is key, and these days you have a lot more options. You can have a designated driver or take a cab home, but if you don't want to leave your car at the bar, there's another service that could work for you."

Designated Drivers of Buffalo sends two people to come pick you up. One of them drives your car home.

"We will get your car home for you," explained owner Michael Mulè. "This is nice because at the end of the night, you can feel comfortable knowing when you wake up in the morning your car is where you want it in your driveway."

The service is for members or non members, and has a set fee, plus a fee per mile.

"Our goal here is to allow people to have a good time. Buffalo is a great city, it's a great town. We've got a lot of restaurants and bars, people like to go out and enjoy themselves. We want people to continue doing that, we just want you to be safe," said Mulè.

Experts also say you should be on the lookout for drunk drivers during the holiday season, and if you see someone driving you think might be impaired, call 911. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP