Tow-to-Go program available Wednesday through Sunday
From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period. That makes it the deadliest holiday to be on the road – especially Wednesday night, commonly referred to as Thanksgiving Eve. AAA and Budweiser want to make the holiday weekend safer by asking all motorists to plan ahead if they are celebrating with alcohol. That means choosing a Designated Driver, staying where they are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.
For those that did not plan ahead and need the Tow To Go program, it is available Wednesday, November 22nd through 6 A.M. Sunday morning, November 26th. The following guidelines apply:
- Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 miles
- The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home
- Free and available to AAA members and non-members
- Tow To Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions
- Visit www.AAA.com/TowtoGo for dates and availability throughout 2017
If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more.
“Everyone deserves to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday safely,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director for the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “If you or your loved ones will be celebrating with alcohol, please plan ahead for a safe ride home.”
“The Tow To Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Katja Zastrow, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”
Since its inception in 1998, Tow To Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and Midwest. It is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides Tow To Go to help keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.
Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been co-sponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.