‘Tipsy Tow’ on call over holiday weekend
July 02. 2014 6:00AM
If you or someone you care about feels unsafe behind the wheel after a holiday party, a ride home plus a tow for that person’s car are available from AAA, at no charge, no questions asked.
AAA South Dakota’s “Tipsy Tow” program is a community service project starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3 until 4 a.m. Sunday, July 6 in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton.
The service is free to AAA members and non-members alike.
“Over the holidays, about 40 percent of all fatal crashes in South Dakota involve alcohol,” said Marilyn Buskohl, spokeswoman for AAA South Dakota. “When you’re drinking, the first thing to be impacted is your judgment and unfortunately, many holiday partiers climb behind the wheel thinking they’re fine when they really aren’t. With Tipsy Tow, everyone, including the vehicle, gets home in one piece.”
To access Tipsy Tow, call 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357) and ask for Tipsy Tow. AAA will provide a free tow and free ride home, no questions asked, within a 15-mile radius from the point of pickup, for the vehicle and up to two people.
“This is the 10th year AAA South Dakota has offered Tipsy Tow,” said Buskohl. “The club absorbs all the costs, but we feel it’s worth it and we sincerely hope it gets a lot of use. Lives can be saved if people will just step back, think it over and call Tipsy Tow instead of making what could be a tragic choice to drink and drive. With Tipsy Tow, we’ll all be safer.”
A not-for-profit organization, AAA South Dakota serves its 90,750 members across South Dakota with emergency help on the road, auto travel assistance and a wide range of personal insurance, travel, financial and automotive services through branch offices, and the Internet at AAA.com.