'Tipsy Tow' offers a free tow home for would-be drinking drivers




People who’ve been drinking on New Year’s Eve can get their cars towed home for free through AAA Northern California’s ‘Tipsy Tow’ program.

People do not need to be AAA members to take advantage of the service, which will be offered from 6 p.m. Saturday night to 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Just tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” and a truck will be on its way.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver’s home as long as there is room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

You cannot make a reservation for the service.

California Highway Patrol statistics show that in 2015, there were 27 alcohol -related deaths in car crashes during the New Year’s holiday weekend, and more than 920 arrests for driving under the influence.

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.

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