AAA Texas to offer free tipsy tow service during Fourth of July weekend

If you’re a driver who has had too much to drink at a Fourth of July barbecue, or you’re a party host, restaurant or bar owner who’s concerned about a guest that’s overindulged and you want to make sure that person gets home safely, AAA Texas is offering members and non-members alike our Tipsy Tow program to make sure everyone who needs a ride home gets home safely.Motorists who believe they have had too much to drink will be provided a free tow and ride home beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2011. Callers simply tell the AAA Texas operators, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” to receive the tow and ride home. AAA Texas will dispatch an Emergency Roadside Service truck to the location and take the driver and vehicle seven miles free of charge. Any mileage beyond seven miles will be the responsibility of the motorist. The passenger and driver should agree in advance what the excess mileage charges will be and the method of payment prior to the tow.Many motorists who have had too much to drink have said one of the reasons why they don’t call a taxi is because they have to come back the next day and get the car. Tipsy Tow takes care of that. You do not have to be an AAA member to use this free service, and reservations are not accepted.There are some situations where a Tipsy Tow does not qualify:• The motorist requests a tow to another drinking establishment, repair facility or other location besides their place of residence.  A tow to a hotel would be acceptable if the person is a guest there.• If a member or non-member requests a Tipsy Tow and then, that vehicle is inoperable or the individual asks to start the car, change a tire, deliver gasoline or seeks “taxi” service, transporting two or more people with the vehicle, they will be charged the tow truck operator’s standard rate.People convicted of driving under the influence could lose many of the important things in their lives, such as family, job, dignity and money.  A Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction can be a financial wrecking ball. The Texas Department of Transportation and other law enforcement agencies say it can cost a person between $13,000 to $24,000 in fines, legal fees, higher insurance rates, lost wages, substance abuse programs or court required alcohol treatment.   AAA Texas advises that motorists can keep themselves and others safe and can avoid DWI/DUI arrests by keeping these safety tips in mind:• At social events, designate non-drinking drivers who can get everyone home safely.• Call a friend or family member for a ride home if you have been drinking.• Keep a cab company telephone number in your wallet so you can call for a ride home.• As a party host, offer a variety of non-alcoholic drink alternatives and provide a gift to guests who volunteer to be designated drivers.• Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink.                    • If you’re driving and see a motorist driving in an erratic manner, try to stay behind their vehicle, leaving plenty of distance to be safe. Call 9-1-1 and give police a description of the vehicle and license plate if you can safely see it.                 As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at