As it goes with every major holiday where heavy drinking is a part of the festivities (i.e., pretty much all of them) AAA, along with partner Bud Light, is once again offering free towing for anyone in South Florida who's going to need it this Fourth of July weekend.
And that's good news. Because, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 512 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday weekend. The data also shows that 39 percent of those deaths involved at least one impaired driver.
So to keep you from being a bad statistic, AAA is running its "Two to Go" program starting on Friday and running until 6 a.m. Monday. The program has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast since kicking off in 1998.
Independence Day weekend is usually heavy on the booze and traffic, so this is one of the best times to take advantage of this service.
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“This weekend will be a great time to celebrate with friends and family,” said Amy Stracke, executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “Please plan ahead to make sure all of your loved ones get home safely.”
If you find yourself too tipsy to drive this weekend, you can call 855-2-TOW-2 GO (or 855-286-9246) and AAA will send a tow truck your way. The truck will bring both car and driver to a safe place within a ten-mile radius, and — again — it's free. The service is also available (and free) for non-AAA members. AAA adds that the ride is confidential.
“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of designated drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Kathy Casso, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Anheuser-Busch, via a news release. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”
So if you find yourself a little too tipsy this weekend and are without a proper designated driver, give AAA a call and get home safe.