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'Tipsy Tow' available for drivers on Cinco de mayo

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 11:47 am | Updated: 7:39 am, Wed May 8, 2013.

AAA is urging party-goers to include a safe ride home in their Cinco de Mayo plans. However, should a motorist have too many margaritas and find themselves without safe ride home, AAA will provide a Tipsy Tow. Service will start at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, and will run through 6 a.m. Monday, May 6.

“Many Cinco de Mayo celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, which can be deadly when driving is involved,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “AAA urges everyone to celebrate responsibly by planning ahead to get home safely. If all else fails, call for a Tipsy Tow.”

AAA Tips for a Safe Cinco de Mayo:

Be a responsible partygoer:

If you plan to drive, don’t drink.

If you plan to drink, select a designated driver and give them your car keys. If your ride falls through, call a cab, or use AAA’s Tipsy Tow as a transportation alternative.

Buckle up — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

Be a responsible host:

Offer food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Make sure all of your guests have a designated driver.

Keep the numbers for local cab companies, as well as AAA’s Tipsy Tow, handy.

Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers in need of a Tipsy Tow can call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. May 5 and 6 a.m. May 6 and state that they need a Tipsy Tow. They will simply need to provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorists is, or plans to become, a guest.

Other services that will not be provided include: requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. As a result, AAA is challenging drivers to pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

More than 30,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona in 2012, according to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety. AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

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