AAA offers safer trip home

Published 7:56pm Friday, December 28, 2012

No one likes to drive on New Year’s Eve for fear of drunk drivers. But drunk drivers usually are not afraid at all to drive — most aren’t in the state of mind to even consider the dangerous consequences. That is why all of those planning to drink, but those still needing a ride home on New Year’s, should save this number to their phone immediately: 1-800-AAA-Help.

According to a recent analysis conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, during the last decade, the years’ highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities occur on New Year’s Day.

To save lives and promote safe driving this New Year’s Eve, AAA Alabama and wrecker services across the state will again offer Tow-for-Life.

“This is the most dangerous time of year to be on the roads,” says Clay Ingram, AAA Alabama spokesperson. “We want to raise awareness and encourage people to plan ahead when going out on New Year’s Eve. It is important to make arrangements before you go out, so that you aren’t making these decisions after you have been drinking.  We want help keep impaired drivers off the roads, so if you or someone you know has too much to drink on New Year’s Eve, just call 1-800-AAA-HELP and we’ll help get you home safely.”

Ingram said wreckers are usually among the first at the scene of deadly crashes where alcohol has been involved and New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the most dangerous nights of the year to drive. Party-goers who drink alcohol should appoint a designated driver and party hosts should prevent guests from driving after drinking by calling a taxi to take them home, allowing the guest to spend the night or by making other arrangements to keep them safe.

To receive free towing on New Year’s Eve AAA has provided the following information:

Call AAA Alabama at 1-800-222-4357 (1-800-AAA-HELP) and ask for Tow-for-Life. The vehicle must be operable to qualify for a free tow.

The operator will ask for the driver’s name, home address, telephone number and exact location of the vehicle and driver.

A tow truck will be dispatched and upon arrival the wrecker driver will ask for identification and the keys to the vehicle. The vehicle will be towed to the home of the driver or owner if the owner is present. Towing is provided at no charge up to 10 miles.

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