AAA offers 'Tipsy Tow' as DPS cracks down during holiday
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
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.