Release From National Highway Traffic Safety Administration During Holiday Season

Release From National Highway Traffic Safety Administration During Holiday Season
Courtesy of AAA

OMAHA – A “Tow to Go” program enters its 20th year of keeping impaired drives off the roadways.

According to a release from the Traffic Safety Foundation, more than 102 million people are expected to travel by automobile this holiday season. This is the most on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2001. AAA is reminding motorists to celebrate safely and take steps ahead of time to avoid getting behind the wheel impaired.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the deadliest times on the road when it comes to impaired driving.

Spokesperson John Pecchio with AAA Traffic Safety, The Auto Club Group said the consequent of impaired driving is significant.

“They range from jail time, to court costs, to lawyer’s fees, to hospital expenses, to loss wages and more,” said Pecchio. “The average DUI can set you back approximately $10,000.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tow to Go program, a partnership that began in 1998 between AAA and Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Over the past 20 years, the Tow to Go program has taken over 25,000 impaired drivers off the roadways.

“AAA’s Tow to Go program operates as a safety net for those who find themselves at the end of night without a plan in place,” Pecchio added. “AAA will come out and take you and your vehicle home or to a safe location within a 10-mile radius, no questions asked.”

AAA’s Tow to Go number is 1-855-286-9246. Also visit for more information on the program.

The Tow to Go program will be available this holiday season which began Friday, December 21 through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2 in the following areas:


Tow To Go Service Areas Phone Number
Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only) (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246