AAA Tipsy Tow on New Year's Eve 2013: Regions for Free Service and Other 'Sober Ride' Programs [MAP]
By David Jenkins, Crossmap On December 31, 2013
AAA's "Tipsy Tow" offers a free ride home after New Year's Eve events and parties, for any driver who had too much to drink. If you don't know how to handle a drunken friend who needs to drive home, Tipsy Tow is the way to go.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has a Holiday Safe Ride Program, known as "Tipsy Tow," "Tow-to-Go" or "Tow-for-Life," offered to both members and nonmembers in certain AAA regions, to provide a ride for the driver an a tow for the car back home.
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The life-saving program is not available nationwide, but only in select regions of AAA clubs.
On its Facebook page, AAA explains:
"AAA Tow To Go/Tipsy Tow Program Offerings
As millions of Americans celebrate holidays and events this year, it is important to remember the safety precautions drivers should take during any festivities. Drive only while drug and alcohol-free, pick a designated driver for the evening, plan to take a cab or stay with a friend.
While not a nationwide program, a number of AAA clubs offer Tow-to-Go or Tipsy Tow service during certain holidays for members and nonmembers. This service is not available everywhere. Better yet - encourage family and friends to pick a designated driver before they head out for the night."
AAA Clubs Currently Offering a Safe Ride Program for New Year's Eve
The Auto Club Group (Statewide in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Program is called "Tow-to-Go")
AAA Arizona (statewide)AAA South Dakota (Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton
AAA Oklahoma (Metro Tulsa, Metro Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Enid, Muskogee, Tahlequah, Ardmore and Lawton)
AAA Northern California (in all club territories)
AAA Nevada ( Statewide)AAA Utah (Statewide)
AAA Tidewater (Greater Hampton Roads area : Cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Yorktown and Williamsburg, VA) - program runs through January 1
AAA Northwest Ohio ( available in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Henry, Williams, Defiance, Paulding and Ottawa counties)
AAA MountainWest (Helena, East Helena, Montana City, Belgrade, Bozeman, Billings and Missoula and Anchorage, Alaska)
Automobile Club of Southern California (in all club territories)
AAA Texas (statewide)
AAA New Mexico (statewide)
AAA Alabama - (Program is called Tow-For-Life)
Ohio (Cincinnati only) Program is called Care Cab 381-FREE (3733) (AAA has no call center involvement)
AAA Allied Group in Ohio has a program called "ArriveSafe". It provides cab rides for Montgomery County residents only. AAA has no call center involvement- local motorists must dial 937-449-9999. ( Program runs Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. January 2)
Kansas (Topeka area only) Care Cab 785-357-4444 (AAA has no call center involvement)
Kansas (Wichita only) Care Cab requests accepted through AAA call center will provide call rides home within city limits of Wichita, KS.
Kansas (Lawrence) program called Tipsy Taxi 785-842-TAXI (8294) (AAA has no call center involvement). It provides cab rides in Douglas County only.
Note that the areas are subject to change without notice, according to AAA.
For a comprehensive list of other community programs listed state by state, please visit AAA's DUI Justice Link Website. Many other "sober ride" programs, mostly with some fees, are listed.
Even with all the services available for the intoxicated drivers, "AAA strongly encourages motorists to pick a designated driver before they head out for any holiday celebrations," the company state in an official press release.
To request for the Tipsy Tow, call 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357 and tell the operator "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a truck will be on its way. AAA does not accept reservations.
AAA Tipsy Tows are also offered on Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day and other holidays.
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