Don’t Pass Up Protection This Super Bowl

AAA offers Tipsy Tow service for the big game

Phoenix, Jan. 30, 2014. This Super Bowl, AAA doesn’t want you to fumble your license because of drinking and driving. Instead, huddle ahead of time and plan for a safe way home.  

 

“Put on your game face and take driving seriously,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “As a leader in driver safety, AAA urges drivers to catch a safe ride home before the post-game show. If your safe plans fall through, call AAA for a Tipsy Tow.”

 

One in five of all licensed drivers that drink reported having driven when they thought their alcohol level might have been close to, or over, the legal limit in the past year, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The survey also reveals that 96 percent of drivers consider impaired driving to be unacceptable, with 50 percent reporting that drunk drivers are a bigger problem today versus three years ago. 

 

“Despite the constant warnings about drinking and driving, alcohol-related crashes still represent one in three motor vehicle deaths,” Gorman said.

 

Alcohol-related crashes are up across the board, according to NHTSA. A recent NHTSA report revealed that nationally, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities are up 4.4 percent. That number is even higher in Arizona, where alcohol-related fatalities are up 7.1 percent.

 

AAA Tips for a safe Super Bowl

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.

 

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.

 

AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will start at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, and will run through 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should:

  • Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and 6 a.m. Feb. 3. 
  • State that they need a “Tipsy Tow.”
  • Provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.


 Tipsy Tow provides a free 10-mile tow and ride home. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. The service does not include roadside assistance.
 

As the leader in driver safety, AAA challenges drivers to pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free. For more information on AAA’s Tipsy Tow, visit AAA.com/TipsyTow.

More than 29,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona in 2013, 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 provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 850,000 Arizona members. AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways annually. Since 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.