Cuidado: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Safe Ride Home

Phoenix, Ariz. May 2, 2012. AAA is urging fiesta-goers to make plans to get home safely before heading out to celebrate this Cinco de Mayo. However, should a motorist have too many cervezas and find themselves without safe ride home, AAA will provide its first-ever Cinco de Mayo Tipsy Tow. Service will start 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and will run through 6 a.m. Sunday, May 6.

 “Cinco de Mayo celebrations often involve the consumption of alcohol, which can become very dangerous when driving is involved,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “AAA urges fiesta-goers to celebrate responsibly by planning ahead to get home safely, and as a last resort, call Tipsy Tow if plans fall through.” 

AAA urges party-goers to take the following steps to stay safe this Cinco de Mayo:

  • Designate a sober driver if you plan on drinking.
  • Don’t let your amigos drive impaired.
  • If you’re hosting a fiesta, serve food and alcohol-free drinks and ensure your guests have a safe way home.
  • Be aware of alternative options such as taxis, mass transit or Tipsy Tow.

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 27,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona in 2011, 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.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.