AAA offers rides to tipsy motorists

AAA is urging holiday partiers to call the auto club if they have had too much to drink and feel unsafe behind the wheel.

“Tipsy Tow,” AAA Oklahoma’s community service program, will give up to two people and their vehicle a ride home at no charge, no questions asked.

Tipsy Tow is open to everyone, AAA members and non-members alike, in metropolitan Oklahoma City, metropolitan Tulsa, Muskogee, Enid, Lawton, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Tahlequah and Ardmore  until 4 a.m. Jan. 2.

“We’re aware that over holidays, people tend to drink more alcohol than at other times,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “AAA wants Oklahomans to know there’s an alternative to climbing behind the wheel and perhaps getting into a crash. We’re geared up for a busy 14 days of providing Tipsy Tows over Christmas and New Year’s; we hope we get lots of calls.”

The auto club says over the holidays, up to 40 percent of all traffic crashes in Oklahoma involve alcohol.

To access the service, call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and request a Tipsy Tow. AAA will come get you and your vehicle and give you a free tow within a 15-mile radius of point of pickup. However, there’s only one place AAA will take you, and that’s home.

A not-for-profit organization, AAA Oklahoma serves its 390,000 members across Oklahoma with emergency help on the road, auto travel assistance and a wide range of personal insurance, travel, financial and automotive services through branch offices, a regional operations center and the Internet at AAA.com.