AAA Texas is offering its free Tipsy Tow service during the New Year’s Eve holiday from 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, to help remove drinking drivers from the road.
Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357 for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Callers simply tell AAA Texas operators, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” to receive the free tow and ride home. A regular AAA Texas-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched. This free service is unique in that it transports both the driver and their vehicle.
Drinking drivers frequently don’t plan for other ways to get home because they are concerned about retrieving their vehicle the next day. They cite taxi costs and inconvenience as reasons they don’t use alternate transportation, according to AAA Texas.
Callers need to keep in mind that the service excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver and the destination is limited to the driver’s residence. Reservations are not accepted. For rides farther than 10 miles, drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.
“AAA Texas is pleased to offer Tipsy Tow to Texas motorists on New Year’s Eve. Law enforcement, individual motorists, party hosts and others are taking responsibility to make sure intoxicated drivers don’t get behind the wheel. AAA’s Emergency Roadside Service team will be a critical part of this important effort to save lives and get motorists home safely,” said Linda K. von Quintus, AAA Vice President of Government & Community Affairs.
AAA Texas advises that motorists can keep themselves and others safe and can avoid DUI arrests by keeping these safety tips in mind:
• At social events, designate non-drinking drivers who can get everyone home safely.
• Never serve alcohol to those under age 21.
• Call a friend or family member for a ride home if you have been drinking.
• Keep a cab company telephone number in your wallet so you can call for a ride home.
• As a party host, offer a variety of non-alcoholic drink alternatives and provide a gift to guests who volunteer to be designated drivers.
• Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink.
People convicted of driving under the influence could lose many of the important things in their lives, such as family, job, dignity and money. A Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction can be a financial wrecking ball. The Texas Department of Transportation and other law enforcement agencies say it can cost a person between $13,000 to $24,000 in fines, legal fees, higher insurance rates, lost wages, substance abuse programs or court required alcohol treatment.
For more information about AAA Texas, please visit: www.AAA.com.
For more information about the penalties of drunken driving, please visit: www.duijusticelink.aaa.com