Don't Get a DUI this Fourth of July

AAA's Tipsy Tow returns Thursday

Phoenix, July 2, 2013. AAA wants Arizonans to celebrate America’s independence safely this holiday weekend.

“The Fourth of July is often enjoyed with barbecues, beer and fireworks,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “As a safety advocate, AAA urges Arizonans to plan for a safe ride home before they celebrate the red, white and blue.”

If a driver or passenger finds themselves without a safe ride home, AAA is offering Fourth of July Tipsy Tow service. Service will start 6 p.m. Thursday, July 4 and will run through 6 a.m. Friday, July 5.

AAA Tips for a Safe Fourth of July:

Be a responsible partygoer:

  • If you plan to drive, don’t drink.
  • If you plan to drink, select a designated driver and hand over the keys.
  • If your ride falls through, call a cab or use Tipsy Tow as a last resort.
  • Buckle up — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

Be a responsible host:

  • Offer food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Make sure guests have a designated driver.
  • Keep the numbers for local cab companies and AAA’s Tipsy Tow, handy.
  • Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.

Arizonans in need of Tipsy Tow can call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. July 4 and 6 a.m. July 5.  

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.

One alcohol-related death occurs every 45 minutes in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk drivers contribute to one in three traffic deaths. AAA challenges drivers to pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

AAA is a leader in driver safety. For more information, visit AAA.com/TipsyTow .

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 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 825,000 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.