Don’t be a dummy, take the free money … for a Lyft. | Courtesy of Safe Ride KY

Did you know the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights of the year for Louisville’s bars and restaurants? Believe it or not, it’s actually bigger than New Year’s Eve.

Friends and family who have managed to escape the city come home for the holiday, and what better place to catch up with your favorite friends than at your favorite haunts? That’s right, Gerstle’s, Flanagan’s, Check’s, Taj, The Back Door and even Bone Headz Pub on Dixie will be packed with people looking for fun, knowing they simply have to roll out of bed the next day and stuff their faces.

We’re assuming those doing the cooking will make their proper bedtime at 10 p.m.

As a way to help spread the message of being safe and responsible, the Safe Ride KY coalition is offering $20 discounts on Lyft rides to Kentucky residents. All you have to do to take advantage of the hospitality is to open your Lyft app and type in SAFERIDETURKEY in the “Promos” menu.

It’ll apply two $10 credits for two separate rides taken from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25. And you should enter it in sooner rather than later, as funds are limited.

The coalition, which put up $20,000 for the Thanksgiving rides, is funded by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Lyft, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky, Independent Stave Company and Buzick Construction, and since last December, it has delivered 4,394 sober rides on high-traffic holidays like New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day.

“The night before Thanksgiving is considered one of America’s biggest drinking holidays of the year,” said KDA President Eric Gregory in a news release. “As you gather with family and friends over a glass of Kentucky bourbon, please enjoy it responsibly and in moderation, which includes planning ahead for a safe ride.”

According to Kentucky State Police, 10 drunken driving deaths occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday in the last five years, compared to holidays like Labor Day (15), Memorial Day (15), Independence Day (14), and Christmas and New Year’s (25). Of course, each one of these deaths could have been prevented had the impaired driver chosen not to drive.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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