MIAMI (CBSMiami)– More travelers will be on the road this Thanksgiving than any year since 2007. That additional traffic coupled with impaired drivers who should not be on the road makes for a deadly mix.
That’s why AAA and Budweiser have teamed up again to keep drunk drivers off the road over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with the ‘Tow to Go’ program which offers a confidential ride home and tow – both free of charge. AAA will then safely transport them and their vehicle home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.
You don’t even have to be a AAA member.
The Tow to Go program will provide safe rides home to intoxicated drivers Wednesday, November 23rd – Sunday, November 27th.
“With so many people traveling this Thanksgiving, we all have to plan ahead” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “Before you celebrate the holiday with alcohol, make sure you and your loved ones have a safe way to get home.”
Triple-A says since its inception in 1998, ‘Tow to Go’ has kept more than 24,000 drunk drivers off the roads and saved twice as many lives since it was designed to protect everyone on the roads, not just the intoxicated driver.
It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume.
The number to call is (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.
Important Tow To Go Guidelines:
- It’s a confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location
- You can’t make an appointment to use the Tow to Go service, it is designed to be used as a last resort so have a designated driver before you have your first drink.
- If a person is too intoxicated to be safely transported in a tow truck, AAA may need to contact law enforcement to assist with getting the intoxicated individual a safe ride home.
- The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home.