DALLAS, TX (KERA) – For those planning to celebrate this New Year’s Eve, Triple-A Texas is offering a safe way to get a “driver and car” home safely. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.
Dan Ronan, with Triple-A, says tow truck drivers will be out New Year’s Eve offering a free tow “home” within a 10 mile radius of the New Year’s celebration. Ronan says the annual “Tipsy Tow” service solves a couple of problems.
Ronan: Many people who are intoxicated are reluctant to part with their car. They don’t want to do back the next day. They may be embarrassed. So, this takes care of two problems. This gets them off the road, and it gets their car home safely as well.
Ronan says any mileage above ten miles would be assessed the standard per-mile towig rate. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates a drunk driving conviction can cost as much as 24 thousand dollars in fines, legal fees, higher insurance rates, and court ordered alcohol treatment.
The free Tipsy Tow rides are available New Year’s Eve, 6pm to 6am New Year’s Day.
Tipsy Tow: 1-800-222-4357 – http://www.texas.aaa.com/en-tx/driving-resources/Pages/tipsy-tow.aspx