MADISON, Wis. -

Everyone knows the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, but Wisconsin state troopers said it's also one of the nights they catch the most drunken drivers.

“We do see a lot of drunk driving,” Trooper Erica Ballweg-Larsen said.

The day before the big day even has its own holiday name: "Blackout Wednesday," which is the night friends reunite after traveling back home for the holidays.

“There are a lot of families that come in, a lot of old friends people that graduated from Memorial and West,” Craig Spaulding, the manager at Babes Bar and Restaurant, said.

The dispatch center at the State Patrol's Deforest office was already swamped with phone calls Wednesday afternoon because of holiday travel. So if it was up to Ballweg-Larsen, everyone would stay home, or stay sober.

“The weather is going to turn, and it's going to be freezing, and you add that on top of drinking. It’s just a bad equation,” Ballweg-Larsen said. “So it's better off just to probably stay home.”

If you do want to go out, though, just make sure to designate a driver, call a cab or use the tavern league's safe ride program.

“You can just ask for a voucher, and we call a cab and the cab comes and picks you up and you get home safe,” Spaulding said.