Tipsy Tow alternative to DWI arrests, wrecks

Drivers, vehicles towed home free up to 10 miles

Published On: Dec 31 2012 06:35:08 PM CST

Rather than risk being arrested for DWI or being involved in a wreck on New Year's Eve, AAA Texas is offering its Tipsy Tow service that will take drivers and their vehicles home free of charge up to 10 miles.

Doug Shupe, AAA Texas spokesman, said tow trucks are a safe alternative especially for those who see taxi cabs as an inconvenience the morning after.

"Many times people will be leery about leaving their car behind," Shupe said.

Shupe said instead, drivers can call 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357 through 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

He said callers need to keep something in mind.

"The service excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver, and is limited to the driver's residence."

Shupe also said reservations are not accepted.

For those living beyond the 10-mile limit for a free ride home, Shupe said drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.

Shupe said Tipsy Tow should be a last resort if drivers have not planned ahead.

"Of course, that would include finding a designated driver or getting a car service or making arrangements with a taxi cab company," Shupe said.

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