AAA Offers 'Tipsy Tows' for New Year's Eve

The program gives intoxicated drivers a free ride home for themselves and their cars.

Don't drive while impaired is the message behind the Automobile Club of Southern California's free Tipsy Tow service available Monday night for New Year's Eve.

AAA provides alcohol-impaired drivers with a free tow home of up to seven miles. All you need to do is call 800-400-4222 and tell the operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow."

The service, which uses regular Auto Club-contracted roadside service
companies, is available in 13 Southern California counties, including Los Angeles County. 

The Tipsy Tow service is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride home for the driver. Passengers are not allowed, according to the Auto Club. Reservations will not be accepted and drivers whose cars are towed more than seven miles must pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.

"It only takes one or two drinks to slow physical and mental skills that affect vision, steering, braking judgement and reaction time," Auto Club senior researcher Steve Bloch said.

Bloch added that the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will run sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols to look for intoxicated drivers.

- City News Service contributed to this report.

Tom Pease January 01, 2013 at 03:43 AM
The MTA is also free tonight from 9PM to 2AM. It's not the most glamourous way to get to your New Years Celebration, but a DUI mugshot is even less glamourous..


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