AAA’s Tipsy Tow program offers everyone and their vehicles in Northern California a safe ride home for free during the year-end celebration.
“Everybody wants to have fun at a New Year’s party,” said Cynthia Harris, spokesperson for AAA Northern California. “But if you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.”
AAA will tow those who had a few too many and their vehicles from 6 p.m. on December 31 until 6 a.m. on January 1 in Northern California. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 for a free “Tipsy Tow” home up to 10 miles. Passengers will be taken to the driver’s home as long as there is room for them to be taken safely in the tow truck. Reservations will not be taken.
According to 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes. AAA estimates that a first time DUI conviction in California can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees, and added insurance expenses.