AAA’s Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone. You do not need to be a AAA member to take advantage of this service to the community.
AAA will offer the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on May 5th to 6 a.m. on May 6th in Utah. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to ten 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 sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. You cannot make a reservation.
According to 2012 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS) Utah registered 34 alcohol related crashes with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08, accounting for 16 percent of all highway deaths that year. As little as one drink can impair vision, steering, braking, judgment, and reaction time.
Nationally, over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 165 licensed drivers in the United States.
AAA estimates that a first time DUI conviction in Utah can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees, and added insurance expenses. You can’t put a price tag on a crash that causes an injury or death.
“Many people enjoy getting into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, which tends to involve plenty of celebrating,” said Rolayne Fairclough, spokesperson for AAA Utah. “If you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.”
AAA Utah offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to more than 183,000 members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago.