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‘Tipsy Tow': Auto Club Offers Free Tow and Ride Home to Drivers on 4th of July

Reservations for the 'Tipsy Tow' are not accepted, said Auto Club officials

While it's best to designate a sober driver or use transportation services, the Auto Club has offered drivers another free option to prevent drunk driving on the Fourth of July.

Fifty-four drivers have already been arrested for DUIs in San Diego County this weekend.

As a last resort, the Automobile Club of Southern California offers the 'Tipsy Tow' to drivers who drink and get stranded. Drivers or passengers of a drinking driver can call 1-900-400-4AAA and just say, "I need a Tipsy Tow."

“Drivers should be aware of the high crash risk from drinking and driving associated with holidays, and we encourage them not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking,” said the Auto Club’s Community Programs and Traffic Safety Manager Anita Lorz Villagrana, in a statement. 

“It only takes one or two drinks to slow physical and mental skills that affect vision, steering, braking judgment and reaction time,” she said. “Drivers should be aware that the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies are likely using sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols to look for drinking drivers during the holiday.”

Within seven miles of your house, the tow service is free, according to the auto club. Anything longer than seven miles will include a standard charge.

Callers should keep in mind that the service excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver and can only take the driver to their home, said Auto Club officials.

Sometimes people drink and drive because they are worried about leaving their car behind, according to the Auto Club. The 'Tipsy Tow' offers drivers with a safe ride home along with their vehicle, instead of driving intoxicated.

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