As part of our dedication to making the roads as safe as possible for all motorists, AAA is proud to offer its Tipsy Tow program. On ten different holiday and special events in 2010, we offer a free five-mile tow home for drinking drivers and their vehicles.
The Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone. You do not need to be an AAA Member to take advantage of this service to the community.
AAA typically offers the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on the holiday to 6 a.m. the following day in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. For specific dates and times, see the list below.
During the period Tipsy Tow is available, drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to five miles. Just tell the AAA operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a truck will be on its way.
The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long is there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. You cannot make a reservation.
AAA provides its Tipsy Tow service for the following holidays in 2010:
* Super Bowl: February 7, 6 p.m. to February 8, 6 a.m.
* St. Patrick's Day: March 17, 6 p.m. to March 18, 6 a.m.
* Cinco de Mayo: May 5, 6 p.m. to May 6, 6 a.m.
* Memorial Day: May 31, 6 p.m. to June 1, 6 a.m.
* Independence Day: July 4, 6 p.m. to July 5, 6 a.m.
* Labor Day: September 6, 6 p.m. to September 7, 6 a.m.
* Halloween: October 31, 6 p.m. to November 1, 6 a.m.
* Thanksgiving: November 25, 6 p.m. to November 26, 6 a.m.
* Christmas Eve: December 24, 6 p.m. to December 25, 6 a.m.
* New Year’s Eve: December 31, 6 p.m. to January 1, 6 a.m.
During 2006, 17,602 people in the U.S. died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, representing 41 percent of all traffic-related deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk-driving crashes also account for about 60 percent of highway deaths of young people age 16 to 24 each year. It takes only one or two drinks to impair vision, steering, braking, judgment, and reaction time.
AAA estimates that a first time DUI conviction can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees, and added insurance expenses. You can't put a price tag on a crash that causes an injury or death.
If you've been celebrating by drinking alcohol, don't get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we'll make sure you get home safely.
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