Free Tipsy Tow program aims to keep drunken drivers off the road New Year's Eve
Service provided by the Automobile Club of Southern California
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—For the 14th year in a row, the Automobile Club of Southern California will offer free towing on New Year's Eve in an attempt to keep drunken drivers off the road.
The Tipsy Tow program will be available to intoxicated drivers from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday in the 13 counties served by the Auto Club. Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver can call (800) 400-4AAA for a free tow to the driver's residence of up to seven miles away.
Callers should tell operators they want a Tipsy Tow, and a tow truck under contract to the Auto Club will be dispatched. The service does not include rides for passengers and is restricted to a
one-way, one-time ride for the driver. For distances longer than seven miles, drivers will be expected to pay the normal rate charged by the tow truck operator.
A first-time drunken driving conviction can cost $12,162 or more in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs, according to the Auto Club.
The Auto Club suggested:
— designating a non-drinking driver who can get everyone home safely;
— calling a friend or family member for a ride home if you have been drinking;
— keeping a taxi company number in your wallet so you can call for a ride home;
— as a party host, offer non-alcoholic drinks and provide a gift to guests who volunteer to be designated drivers; and
— take keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink.
For the 15th straight year, the Automobile Club of Southern California is offering its free Tipsy Tow service for intoxicated drivers during the July Fourth holiday, the organization announced today.
A free tow home of up to seven miles will be available by calling (800) 400-4222 and telling the operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” according to an Auto Club statement.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—For the 15th year in a row, the Automobile Club of Southern California will offer free towing during the Fourth of July weekend in an attempt to keep drunken drivers off the road.
The Tipsy Tow program will be available to intoxicated drivers from 6 p.m. Saturday until 11:59 p.m. Monday 13 counties served by the Auto Club.
Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver can call (800) 400-4AAA for a free tow to the driver’s residence of up to seven miles away.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A newly approved pay-as-you-drive state initiative allows Southland motorists to pay for car insurance based on how much they drive, insurance officials announced.
"The voluntary pay-as-you-drive initiative is an innovative program that will allow insurers to offer plans based on more accurate mileage, so that people who choose to drive less will pay less for auto insurance,'' said Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.
For a decade, 0.08 has been the blood alcohol benchmark to consider a driver intoxicated
National Transportation Safety Board would like to see a nationwide 0.05 level
The board would also like to see swifter action on taking away offenders’ licenses
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he’ll straighten up his act. And he’s not being funny.
Los Angeles traffic police arrested the stand-up comedian for “suspicion” of drunken driving early Sunday.
They observed him speeding down a freeway at 90 mph in his black Mercedes, weaving across traffic lanes and almost running into a gas tanker truck, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.
When patrol officers pursued him, he took an off ramp and pulled over, police said.