“The night before Thanksgiving is one of the most widely celebrated nights of the year at bars and restaurants,” said Stephanie Moe, corporate responsibility supervisor for AAA Arizona. “If you are planning to partake in drinking this Thanksgiving eve, be sure you have a plan to get home safe. If that plan falls through, AAA’s Tipsy Tow is there if you need it.”
AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and will run through 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should:
- Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 6 a.m. Nov. 24.
- State that they need a “Tipsy Tow.”
- Provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.
Tipsy Tow provides a free 10-mile tow and ride home. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. The service does not include roadside assistance.
AAA challenges drivers to pledge to drive drug- and alcohol-free. Since its start in 2009, AAA Arizona’s Tipsy Tow has kept thousands of impaired drivers off Arizona roadways.
Fatalities in alcohol-related crashes increased nearly 10 percent from 2014 to 2015. There were more than 24,500 DUI arrests in Arizona in 2015, according to the Governor’s Office for Highway Safety.
AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.
Tipsy Tow is one of the many ways AAA gives back to its communities. For more information, visit AAA.com/TipsyTow.