Going to a New Year’s Eve party? Tipsy Tow is an alternative to driving home drunk

If you have plans to party it up as you bring in 2011, AAA's Tipsy Tow service will be there to take you and your vehicle home if you get too sauced to drive. “If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel,” said Matt Skryja, spokesman for AAA of Northern California. “Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.” You do not need to be a AAA member to call for a free Tipsy Tow, (800) 222-4357 -- or (800) AAA-HELP -- but there are a few things you should know:
  • The service is good for a one-way ride to the driver's home as long as it is within 10-miles of the pick-up site. If there is room in the tow truck, the driver's passengers will be taken home as well.
  • Rides are available between 6 p.m. New Year's Eve and 6 a.m. New Year's Day.
  • Reservations will not be accepted.
  • When you or your bartender or party host calls, simply say that you need a Tipsy Tow and a tow truck will come get you.
Twenty-percent of all motorists in the past year have driven a motor vehicle within two hours of drinking alcohol, a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found. In the past 30 days, about 13-percent of the total population has done it. AAA reminds drivers that one or two drinks is all it takes to impair vision, steering, braking, judgment and reaction time. “We want everyone to ring in the New Year by having fun and enjoying the evening with friends and family,” said AAA Northern California spokesperson Matt Skryja. “But we want everyone to do it safely and responsibly. Simply call for our Tipsy Tow service and help AAA keep the roads safe this holiday.” According to AAA estimates, a first DUI conviction can cost a drunken driver up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and added insurance expenses. But taking a life or causing injury in a crash is beyond any dollar figure, Sryja said. ry.
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