AAA Texas is offering its free community service “Tipsy Tow” starting on Dec. 31 at 6:00 p.m.
The free community service, which is designed to help keep drinking drivers off roadways, will be offered statewide through Jan. 1 at 6:00 a.m.
The free tow goes up to 10 miles, and drivers, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts, or passengers of a drinking driver are invited to call 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP for Tipsy Tow.
To use Tipsy Tow, one does not need to be a AAA member, and the service is for a one-way, one-time ride for a driver and tow for that driver’s vehicle. To qualify for Tipsy Tow, one must:
- Request to tow an inoperable vehicle.
- Request to tow to another drinking establishment, repair facility or any other location other than the driver’s home or hotel where they are a registered guest.
- Request to start a vehicle, change a flat tire or deliver gas.
- Request for a “taxi” service or to transport anyone other than the driver of the vehicle.
Rides for more than 10 miles are subject to rates charged by the tow truck contractor, and the passenger and tow truck driver should agree in advance what the excess mileage chargers will be and the method of payment ahead of using Tipsy Tow.
AAA Texas also reminds New Year’s Eve celebrants to assign a designated driver, not serve alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age, never ride a passenger in the car of someone who has been drinking, save a cab company’s phone number if needed for later, have a backup plan to call a friend or loved one for a ride home, and to take car keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
If encountering an impaired driver on the roadway, AAA Texas reminds drivers to keep a safe distance and to ask a passenger to call 911 or pull over and dial 911 from a safe location.