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AAA Offers Free Tows To St. Patrick's Day Partiers

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – St. Patricks' Day has always been synonymous with drunken excesses that's why the AAA Auto Club has teamed up once again with Budweiser for their 'Tow to Go' program which offers a confidential ride home and tow – both free of charge over St. Patrick's Day weekend.

You don't even have to be a AAA member.

The Tow to Go program will provide safe rides home to intoxicated drivers March 15 - 17.

Nearly two in 5 (41%) consumers think people are more likely to use a designated driver on St. Patrick's Day weekend, with a majority (56%) reporting that they think people tend to drink more alcohol when compared to other holidays.

"This program is invaluable because it brings attention to the dangers of drinking and driving beyond just giving an intoxicated driver a safe ride home on the holiday weekend," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. "St. Patrick's Day is on a Sunday this year so people may be inclined to celebrate throughout the weekend and they need to have a plan for a designated driver before they have their first drink."

Triple-A says since its inception in1998, 'Tow to Go' has kept more than 22,000 drunk drivers off the roads and saved twice as many lives since it was designed to protect everyone on the roads, not just the intoxicated driver.

The number to call is (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.

Important Tow To Go Guidelines:

  • It's a confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location
  • You can't make an appointment to use the Tow to Go service, it is designed to be used as a last resort so have a designated driver before you have your first drink.
  • If a person is too intoxicated to be safely transported in a tow truck, AAA may need to contact law enforcement to assist with getting the intoxicated individual a safe ride home.
  • The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home.
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