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CSAA offers free tows to tipsy drivers tonight and New Year’s Ev

By William Brand
Monday, December 24th, 2007 at 10:39 am in Uncategorized.

Tow Truck cartoonThe key phrase here is “tipsy tow.” It’s a service the California State Auto Association has been offering to all callers, not just AAA members, since 2005.

if you’re feeling under the influence and still need to get home, call the tipsy tow number: 800-222-4357 (AAA-Help). The service is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening (Dec. 24, 2007) until 6 a.m. Christmas Day and again from 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. New Year’s Day.

You don’t have to be a Triple A member, CSAA adds, just tipsy. Also bartenders, party hosts with reeling guests, restaurant mangers can call. The tow truck driver will take you and your vehicle and others to the same destination — depends on how much room there is in the truck for extra riders.

The tow’s free from your location to any point within five miles, but not to another bar or party, CSAA says.

This comes straight from a CSAA press release:

“Despite the decline in alcohol-related crashes in the last 10 years, alcohol is still a factor in more than 16,000 vehicle crash deaths each year in the United States. Drunk-driving crashes also account for about 60 percent of highway deaths of young people age 16 to 24 each year. It takes only one or two drinks to impair vision, steering, braking, judgment and reaction time.”

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