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AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. Reservations will not be accepted.

"We want everyone to ring in the new year by having fun and enjoying the evening with friends and family," said AAA Northern California spokesman Matt Skryja. "But we want everyone to do it safely and responsibly."

According to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, 20 percent of all drivers in the past year have driven a vehicle within two hours of drinking alcohol. About 13 percent of the total population has done so in the past 30 days. It takes only one or two drinks to impair vision, steering, braking, judgement or reaction time.

"If you've been drinking, don't get behind the wheel," Skryja said. "Give AAA a call and we'll make sure you get home safely."

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