AAA offering free Tipsy Tow for Independence Day


But Tipsy Tow shouldn't be your first option, warns AAA spokesperson Marie Montgomery.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects 44 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this Independence Day, making it the most traveled ever. 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.

A regular AAA Texas-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched. AAA will not be able to tow an inoperable vehicle, and will not tow the vehicle anywhere other than the driver's home or hotel. Reservations are not accepted. What it shouldn't mean, however, (and we can't believe we still have to talk about this) is drinking and driving.

Nationwide, in 2015, crashes involving drunken drivers claimed 10,265 lives, an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes.

To help reduce needless tragedies this weekend through July 4th, AAA and Budweiser urge everyone to plan ahead if they are out celebrating.

At social events, designate non-drinking drivers who can get everyone home safely.

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· Do not serve alcohol to anyone under age 21. It's illegal and unsafe.

· Never ride as a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol - even after just one drink. You don't need to be a AAA member.

Keep a cab company or sober ride telephone number in your cell phone and wallet so you can call for a ride home.

Drivers, party hosts, passengers, bartenders or restaurant staff can ask for the service.

Take the auto keys away from friends and relatives who have been drinking.

This is AAA effort to keep less drunk drivers on the road and more families safe.