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AAA offers tipsy drivers rides for Cinco de Mayo this Thursday
May 04, 2011 | 803 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SALT LAKE CITY — Cinco de Mayo, the May 5 commemoration of Mexican heritage and pride, is often celebrated with festivities that include alcohol.

If you drink during your celebration, AAA Utah will take you and your car home free of charge.

AAA’s Tipsy Tow program is open to driver throughout Davis County, Salt Lake County, and the rest of the surrounding area. You don’t need to be a AAA member to take advantage of this service to the community.

AAA will offer the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 to 6 a.m. on Friday, May 6 in Utah. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Just tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” and a truck will be on its way.

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 enough room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. You can’t make a reservation.

According to 2008 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunken driving crashes account for about 36 percent of highway deaths of young people ages 16 to 24.

As little as one drink can impair vision, steering, braking, judgment and reaction time.

AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction in Utah can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and added insurance expenses. Of course, you can’t put a price tag on a crash that causes an injury or death.

“Many people enjoy getting into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, which tends to involve plenty of celebrating,” said Cynthia Harris, spokesperson for AAA Utah. “If you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.”

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com

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