I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but the holidays are not over and law enforcement will be out in full force this New Years to catch drunk drivers who are bringing in the New Year with a little too much to drink.
Throughout Southern California, law enforcement will increase saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints in high traffic areas.
Just as was the case with Christmas, my suggestions are the same:
– Find a designated driver.
– Use public transportation.
– Plan to stay the night.
– Don’t drink.
However, with New Years, the Automobile Club of Southern California is offering its free “Tipsy Tow” service.
From 6pm on Wednesday, December 31st to 6am on New Year’s Day, motorists, bartenders, party hosts, or passengers can call 1-800-400-4AAA for a free ride and tow home for up to seven miles. An Automobile Club contracted roadside tow service will be dispatched to take the would-be driver and their vehicle home.
“Drivers should be aware of the high crash risk from drinking and driving associated with holidays, and we encourage them not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking,” said the Auto Club’s senior traffic safety researcher Steve Bloch.
People often opt to drive home after drinking rather than other transportation option because they don’t want to leave their vehicle behind. Tipsy Tow, however, is unique in that it transports both the driver and their vehicle.
The service does not include rides for passengers. And any person who receives a ride further than the seven miles can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow company.
Don’t bring in the New Year with a California DUI. Be safe and find an alternative ride home.
Happy New Years!