AAA offers free Tipsy Tow service for Fourth of July

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:41 pm by under Latest Posts

AAA New Mexico urges those who celebrate the Fourth of July with alcohol to designate a sober driver, make alternate plans for a cab or plan for an overnight stay.  However, as a last resort, AAA New Mexico will once again offer motorists its free Tipsy Tow program during the holiday.  The community service that aims to keep drinking drivers off the road is available from 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 4.

Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free tow home of up to 10 miles.  Callers simply request a Tipsy Tow and will receive the free tow and ride home.  A regular AAA New Mexico-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched.  For rides farther than 10 miles, drivers should expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.  The passenger and tow truck driver should agree in advance what the excess mileage charges will be and the method of payment, prior to the tow.

Callers need to keep in mind the Tipsy Tow service is only for a one-way, one-time ride for the vehicle driver but not for other passengers, only provides a tow to the driver’s residence or hotel where they are a registered guest, and excludes tows for vehicles that are inoperable.  Also, reservations are not accepted for Tipsy Tow.  

Many motorists who have had too much to drink say they don’t use alternate transportation because of cab costs or the inconvenience of having to retrieve their car the next day.  AAA New Mexico’s free Tipsy Tow service is unique in that it transports both the driver and their vehicle.  You do not have to be a AAA member to use this free service.

“We hope everyone who plans to celebrate the 4th of July with alcohol will make transportation plans before they ever have their first drink,” said Linda von Quintus, AAA Vice President of Government & Community Affairs.  “Make sure you, your family, and your friends think about safety first before celebrations and plan ahead.  As a last resort, AAA New Mexico will offer Tipsy Tow so intoxicated people don’t get behind the wheel and don’t hurt themselves or others.”

 To keep yourself and others safe as well as avoid DUI arrests AAA New Mexico offers the following tips:

  •  At social events, designate non-drinking drivers who can get everyone home safely.
  • Do not serve alcohol to anyone under age 21.
  • Call a friend or family member for a ride home if you’ve been drinking.
  • Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink.
  • Keep a cab company telephone number in your wallet so you can call for a ride home.
  • As a party host and good friend or loving family member, offer a variety of non-alcoholic drink alternatives, serve food as well as dessert and coffee, and provide a gift to guests who volunteer to be designated drivers.
  • Have a back up plan to spend the night at the party instead of driving home under the influence.
  • Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink.
  • If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself).
  • Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs also can impair your ability to drive safely.

 

 

 

 

 

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services.  Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.  AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

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