St. Patrick's Day should be a holiday of parades and fun. With many of us hitting parties and pubs — and throwing back a pint or two — law enforcement will be keeping their eyes peeled for tipsy drivers. Some tips to consider:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
- If you're drunk, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or take public transportation.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
- Always wear your seat belt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on St. Patrick's Day in 2008 had blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher. The agency says 134 traffic deaths occurred nationwide on St. Patrick's Day 2008.
This St. Patrick's Day, AAA is helping motorists get home safely. The auto club will provide a Tipsy Tow to drivers who may have celebrated the ‘Wearin' of the Green' a little too much and do not have a safe ride home. Service will start 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 and will run through 6 a.m. Sunday, March 18.
Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers in need of a Tipsy Tow should:
- Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m., March 17, and 6 a.m., March 18.
- State that they need a Tipsy Tow.
- Provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.
Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorists is, or plans to become, a guest.
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