AAA Texas tipsy tow service 4th of July

AAA Texas tipsy tow service 4th of July

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ)

If you're going to be drinking outside of your home as you celebrate our nations birthday. It's important you find a safe and sober ride home. Sometimes those safe rides can be hard to come by during a night out with friends. AAA Texas is offering free rides home to keep those who plan to drink from getting behind the wheel.

If you're not sober you will get pulled over by city, county, or state police. So instead of causing an accident or risk getting arrested AAA Texas is offering a tipsy tow service to anyone impaired if they dial 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-Help. The free ride home is available to anyone looking for a lift back to their pad if it's within 10 miles from the location they've been drinking at.

If your home is beyond 10 miles from your location you can still use the service. However, two drivers will be allowed to charge for excess mileage. AAA said that drivers using the service should not expect for the tow service to start their vehicle, change a tire, or bring them gas. 

AAA Texas said the free service is available to all who wish to use it between 6:00 at night during the 4th of July and 6:00 in the morning Wednesday the 5th.

The goal is to help ensure that fewer arrests and accidents will occur during Independence Day. According to TxDoT records there have been 106 DWI arrests and seven deaths on the 4th of July in Wichita County from 2003-2016. So, if you've had too much to drink on the 4th keep those keys out of the ignition and call AAA Texas for a free tipsy tow. It could save you from getting arrested and even better it could help save a life.

From AAA Texas: 

In addition, AAA Texas offers the following reminders to keep yourself and others safe and prevent drunk driving arrests this 4th of July:
·         At social events, designate non-drinking drivers who can get everyone home safely.
·         Do not serve alcohol to anyone under age 21.
·         Call a friend or family member for a ride home if you've been drinking.
·         Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink.
·         Save a cab company's phone number in your mobile device or wallet so you can easily call for a ride home.
·         As a party host and good friend or loving family member, offer a variety of non-alcoholic drink alternatives, serve food as well as dessert and coffee, and provide a gift to guests who volunteer to be designated drivers.
·         Have a back-up plan to spend the night at the party instead of driving home under the influence.
·         Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink.
·         If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself).
·         Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs can also impair your ability to drive safely.