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Cinco de Mayo revellers have someone to call for a free ride home
Cinco de Mayo is the day we celebrate Mexico's surprising 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. Festivities commemorating this day often involve consuming alcohol. Since one drink is all it takes to impair vision, steering, braking, judgment and reaction time, you may want to make arrangements for a ride home. If you do plan to crack open a few Coronas at a friend's fiesta or local bar, know that AAA's free Tipsy Tow service is available to help get you and your vehicle home safely. “Many people enjoy getting into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, which tends to involve plenty of celebrating,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman. “If you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.” Starting at 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Friday, Tipsy Tow will respond to calls to its 800-222-4357, or AAA-HELP, line from members and non-members alike. Before asking for a Tipsy Tow, know that only one-way rides for the vehicle and its driver will be provided for up to 10 miles from the pick-up site. Additional passengers will be allowed in the cab if there is room for safe transport. Also, reservations are not accepted. In 2008, drunken driving crashes accounted for about 36 percent of highway deaths of people age 16 to 24, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded. A first-time DUI conviction in the Golden State can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and added insurance expenses, according to AAA estimates. However, it's important to remember that the cost of a crashes that causes injury or death is priceless, Harris said.