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Dec 31, 2013 6:13 PM

AAA's 'Tipsy tow' offers a free, safe ride home this NYE

"New Year's Eve is the pinnacle of drinking holidays," said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona, in a recent news release. "As a leader in driver safety, AAA urges drivers to plan for a safe ride home before ringing in the New Year. If your safe plans fall through, call AAA for a Tipsy Tow."

Tipsy Tow service will begin at 6 p.m. on December 31 and will run until January 1 at 6 a.m. For those needing Tipsy Tow the following steps should be taken:

Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. Jan. 1.
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 the 10 mile limit motorists will be charged a standard towing rate. Tipsy Tow service does not include roadside assistance.

AAA Arizona is also offering these tips for a safe New Year's Eve party.
Be a responsible host:

Offer food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Make sure all of your guests have a designated driver.
Keep the numbers for local cab companies, as well as AAA's Tipsy Tow, handy.
Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
Be a responsible partygoer:

If you plan to drive, don't drink.
If you plan to drink, select a designated driver and give them your car keys. If your ride falls through, call a cab, or use AAA's Tipsy Tow as a transportation alternative.
Buckle up - it's your best defense against impaired drivers.
According to the latest data from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in five of all licensed drivers that drink at least occasionally reported having driven when they thought their alcohol level might have been close to, or possibly over, the legal limit in the past year. The survey also revealed that 96 percent of drivers consider impaired driving to be unacceptable, with 50 percent reporting that drunk drivers are a bigger problem today versus three years ago.

"Despite the omnipresent warnings about drinking and driving, alcohol-related crashes still represent one in three motor vehicle deaths," Gorman stated.

AAA is a leader in driver safety. For more information on Tipsy Tow please go online to AAA.com/TipsyTow.

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