Don't Push Your Luck this St. Paddy's Day, says AAA

Phoenix, Ariz. March 14, 2012. This St. Patrick’s Day, AAA is helping motorists find their pots of gold by getting them home safely. The auto club will provide a Tipsy Tow to drivers who may have celebrated the ‘Wearin’ of the Green’ a little too much, and do not have a safe ride home. Service will start 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 and will run through 6 a.m. Sunday, March 18.

“Anytime alcohol is involved, drivers must take responsibility by planning ahead to ensure they have a designated driver or safe transportation home,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “To keep roads safe for everyone this St. Patrick’s Day, AAA urges motorists not to push their luck by getting behind the wheel; rather have a plan for getting home safe.”

Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers in need of a Tipsy Tow should:

  • Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m., March 17, and 6 a.m., March 18.
  • State that they need a Tipsy Tow.
  • 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 more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on the streets and highways of the state as well as providing 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. In 2008, AAA was ranked the No. 1 “socially responsible” brand by Landor’s BrandAsset® Valuator.