AAA wants Arizonans to celebrate safely this Christmas Eve. The safety advocate is urging drivers to plan for a safe sleigh ride home before heading out for the evening.
“The first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve falls on the same night this year, and both holidays are often celebrated with family and friends – and alcohol,” said Stephanie Moe, corporate responsibility supervisor for AAA Arizona. “If you do indulge by drinking, do not get behind the wheel. If you find yourself without a safe ride home, call AAA’s Tipsy Tow.”
AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, and will run through 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should:
- Call 1-800-AAA-HELP(1-800-222-4357) between6 p.m. 24 and 6 a.m. Dec. 25.
- State that they need a “Tipsy Tow.”
- Provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.
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.
As the leader in driver safety, AAA challenges drivers to pledge to drive drug- and alcohol-free. Since its start in 2009, AAA Arizona’s Tipsy Tow has kept thousands of impaired drivers off Arizona roadways.
Fatalities in alcohol-related crashes increased nearly 10 percent from 2014 to 2015. There were more than 24,500 DUI arrests in Arizona in 2015, according to the Governor’s Office for 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.