AAA: Ring in the New Year with a Safe Ride Home

Williams Area CHP held a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 26.

AAA continues its Tipsy Tow service on the busiest night of the year to keep impaired drivers off Northern California roads

To help drivers start 2019 safely and end 2018 responsibly, AAA Northern California is offering its Tipsy Tow service on New Year’s Eve. The service will start at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 and runs through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1.

“AAA wants motorists to send off 2018 on a high note by ringing in the New Year safely,” said Michael Blasky, spokesperson for AAA Northern California. “We urge New Year’s Eve revelers to have a sober ride home lined up before the ball drops. If those plans fall through, AAA’s Tipsy Tow will not only provide a safe ride home for you and a passenger, but we’ll get your vehicle home safely, too.”

Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles for any driver, not just AAA Members. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. To use the service, anyone who wants to ensure a safe ride home for an impaired motorist should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow.

Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment, repair facility or any other location other than their home or a hotel if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest. Other services not covered include: Requests to start a vehicle, flat tire change, gas delivery, taxi service and requests to transport more than two people with the vehicle.

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.

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