BURNSVILLE, MN – ‘Tow to Go’ will once again be offered in select states during the final week of the holiday season.
According to a release from AAA, this will service as the last line of defense to keep impaired drivers off the road. This service will be provided from 6 p.m. Friday, December 24 – 6 a.m. Monday, January 3 and will be free and available to AAA members and non-members.
Tow to Go Service areas include Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Colorado (Denver), North Carolina (Charlotte) and Indiana (Fort Wayne/South Bend). The phone number to call is 855-286-9246.
AAA Tow to Go has removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from the road. When called, a tow truck transports the would-be impaired driver and their vehicle to a safe place within a 10 mile radius. The service is free, yet AAA asks that it be treated as a backup plan.
Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2019 Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods, there were more drunk driving related fatalities (210) than during any other holiday period that year across the U.S.
The ‘Tow to Go’ service is a confidential local ride for one person and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10 mile radius. AAA service vehicles are limiting passengers to one (1) per vehicle, with face mask/covering, in accordance with established COVID-19 safety protocols. Appointments cannot be scheduled in advance to use Tow to Go as it is designed as a safety net for those that did not plan ahead. Always choose a designated driver before celebrating. In some situations, AAA may need to make other arrangements to get an impaired individual a safe ride home. Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions.
The Auto Club Group states that driving impaired doesn’t only endanger yourself but risks the lives of all the adults and children you share the road with. AAA is proud to provide this life-saving program during the holidays but still urge people to identify a safe ride home before they party and treat Tow to Go as their last resort.