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With police officers on high alert, AAA warns motorists to avoid drinking and driving this coming Sunday while partying after the Super Bowl. No one wants to be penalized with a trip to the hospital, or behind bars for drunk driving. If you’ve been drinking during the Super Bowl, AAA will take you and your car home for free.
AAA will offer the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2th to 6 a.m. February 3th in Northern California. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to ten 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 room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. You cannot make a reservation.
Officer Chris Nave with the Gold Run CHP says the Avoid the 7 DUI task force will be out in force on Super Bowl Sunday and he encourages motorists to get a ride if you choose to imbibe.
During Super Bowl Sunday in 2009, the California Highway Patrol reported that 11 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes. That’s three times the daily average in California. An additional 163 people were injured in crashes involving alcohol.
AAA estimates that a first time DUI conviction in California can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees, and added insurance expenses. You can’t put a price tag on a crash that causes an injury or death.