CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The days leading up to thanksgiving tend to be some of the busiest on the roads. But it’s the night before thanksgiving that’s consistently one of the busiest nights for bars across America.
Western Massachusetts watering holes were expecting an active Wednesday night.
“Every year everyone comes back home, it’s a great night for bars, we take a little more precaution on nights like tonight. We’re a neighborhood pub so there’s some unfamiliar faces, the bartenders all know to be on guard,” said Bill Stetson, Owner of The Rumbleseat.
The state has said during this holiday they’re cracking down on bars which over serve patrons.
The Massachusetts alcoholic beverages control commission said they’re focused on bars known to have sold alcohol to convicted drunk drivers.
Police also focus on drunk drivers on Thanksgiving eve. An OUI in Massachusetts could cost you your license and even land you in jail. A reason one bar patron told 22News he’d already made plans for ai safe ride home.
“Probably a taxi, normally she would be my designated driver but tonight we’ll probably get a taxi. Tonight was a night to come out and we’re not cooking tomorrow,” said William Godeck of Chicopee.
Bars in Springfield may soon have to worry about an earlier curfew but Wednesday night they are free to serve patrons until 2am.