Score a Touchdown this Super Bowl Sunday with Tipsy Tow

Phoenix, Ariz. February 1, 2012. Whether you’re a Pats fan or rooting for Big Blue, AAA wants to make sure you don’t get a penalty by drinking and driving this Super Bowl Sunday. To help keep fans safe, AAA is offering its Tipsy Tow service for football fans that may be a little “blitzed” from celebrating during the big game. Service will start at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 and will run through 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

“If football fans celebrate the game by consuming alcohol this Sunday, we urge them to play offense by having a plan for getting home safe,” said Linda Gorman, director of communication and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Tipsy Tow is a great way to run interference on drunk driving.”

To take advantage of AAA’s Tipsy Tow, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should:

  • Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m., Feb. 5, and 6 a.m., Feb 6.
  • 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 18,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona in 2010, 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, vacation planning, discounts and financial services to more than 800,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls across the state. In 2008, AAA was ranked the No. 1 “socially responsible” brand by Landor’s BrandAsset® Valuator. In 2010 and 2011, AAA Travel earned Lovin’ Life After 50’s favorite travel agency category in the publication’s annual reader’s choice awards. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers and the motoring public.