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    AAA offers 'Tipsy Tow' as DPS cracks down during holiday

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    Department of Public Safety officers will be on Arizona's roads in force over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, officials warned in a press release.

    Over the 2008 Memorial Day weekend, 17 people died in 14 crashes across the state, the release said.

    This year, in cooperation with the national Operation CARE effort, DPS will increase enforcement efforts during peak collision times, the release said.

    Things motorists should be extra cautious of include speeding, impaired driving, use of seatbelts and fatigue.

    DPS will deploy mobile photo enforcement units throughout the state, especially on stretches of highway where serious injury or fatal collisions have happened in the past. The goal is to get speeders to slow down.

    DPS also urges motorists not to drive when they're tired and to make sure calls and text messages go unanswered until you find a safe place to stop.

    In addition, AAA of Arizona is launching a new program for the summer called "Tipsy Tow."

    The concept, AAA officials say, is simple: If you have too much to drink, call AAA and they'll arrange a tow home for you and your vehicle for free.

    The program is open to everyone, AAA officials said. You do not need to be a AAA member.

    "Part of AAA's mission is ensuring the safety, security and peace of mind for members," said Linda Gorman, public affairs director for AAA Arizona. "This Memorial Day, we saw a way we could contribute to this mission by discouraging those who do drink from getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle."

    The program launches over Memorial Day weekend beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 24, and running through midnight on Monday, May 25.

    Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 1-800-AAA-help (1-800-222-4357) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Callers should simply say, "I need a Tipsy Tow."

    The service provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle. AAA will not tow motorists to another drinking establishment, repair facility or any location other than their homes. However, in some cases, AAA will allow a tow to a hotel if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest there.

    If the trip is longer than 10 miles, motorists will have to pay the towing company's standard rate.
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    Default Re: AZ - AAA offers 'Tipsy Tow' as DPS cracks down during holiday

    Interesting concept by AAA. The funny thing is that by the time the wrecker shows up the driver likely is either going to be sobered up or totally passed out!

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    Default Re: AZ - AAA offers 'Tipsy Tow' as DPS cracks down during holiday

    I'm glad my membership fees are paying for that. Now everyone knows they can get plastered and get a free tow home.

    It's called responsibility, if you know you're going to get wasted, take a taxi to and from the establishment, or walk. "But I have to get my car home somehow!" is just lack of planning.

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    Default Re: AZ - AAA offers 'Tipsy Tow' as DPS cracks down during holiday

    Quote Originally Posted by supercowpowers View Post
    I'm glad my membership fees are paying for that. Now everyone knows they can get plastered and get a free tow home.
    It would be cheaper to pay for a cab ride home and a second cab ride back the next day to pick up your car. Plus there would be no damage to your car from a careless tow truck operator.

    AAA does a lot of stuff with my membership money that I don't particularly like. Like running expensive TV ads telling drivers to "always obey the speed limit." What they should be spending money on is getting underposted speed limits raised to the 85th percentile speed, not wagging their finger at anyone who doesn't buy into the "Speed Kills" myth.



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