Whether you're a "Cheesehead" or part of "Steeler Nation," AAA wants to make sure no gridiron enthusiasts fumble this Super Bowl Sunday by drinking and driving.
To keep fans safe and "onside," the auto club is offering a free tow home for drivers who have been drinking in celebration - or agony - at parties. The service, called "Tipsy Tow," will start at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6 and end at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7.
"Burgers, brats, and especially beers, are common-place at Super Bowl festivities, and as such, so should offer a playbook for keeping party-goers from drinking and driving," said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. "Therefore, we want party hosts and guests to know they can trust AAA to play ‘safety,' by using its free Tipsy Tow service to get everyone home safely."
To take advantage of AAA's Tipsy Tow, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should:
• Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m., Feb. 6, and 6 a.m., Feb 7.
• State that they need a "Tipsy Tow."
• Provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.
Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorists is, or plans to become, a guest.
Other services that will not be provided include: requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company's standard rate.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. As a result, AAA is challenging drivers to pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.
More than 18,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona in 2010, according to the Arizona Governor's Office of 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.
Submitted by AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA. Visit them at www.aaa.com.