OKLAHOMA CITY – For the 28th season, AAA Oklahoma is offering free rides home for drivers who have had too much to drink as holiday parties reach their peak this weekend. It’s called “Tipsy Tow” and it’s a free alternative to possibly getting a DUI, messing up your holiday plans or worse, taking the life of someone else.
Cheers to making good choices this holiday season… and beyond. pic.twitter.com/M5WP26MZpe
— AAA Oklahoma (@AAAOklahoma) December 12, 2017
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving related crashes in the month of December 2016. And just in last year’s four-day Christmas holiday weekend alone, 27 people were killed or seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes in the state, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
18 years ago today I lost my husband in a drunk driving crash. He thought he was ok to drive home after drinking. He was not.
Please make responsible choices, but especially during this holiday season. Please appoint a person to stay sober before going out. #MADDonline pic.twitter.com/CR0zXpp3yX
— Myra McRoy Constable (@myralou39) December 4, 2017
With a call to 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and request for Tipsy Tow, AAA will give a ride home to anyone needing it due to excess drinking. There is no charge, no questions asked, for transport within a 15-mile radius of the point of pickup. AAA wants to keep your holidays merry and bright this season with this service and is free for everyone as a community service of AAA.
Everyone please stay safe while driving. I know it’s the holiday season, but if you’re drunk please DO NOT try to drive. Innocent people die everyday from people who were drunk and decided to drive. I just can’t even image what these families have to go through. 💔😓
— 🍁Paige Smith🎄 (@Paige4u219Smith) December 9, 2017
“There are just too many alternatives to climbing behind the wheel after drinking,” said Leslie Gamble, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “For some, even one drink can cause impaired responses that can jeopardize lives and turn the most wonderful time of the year into a nightmare.”
“Tipsy Tow” is available from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, until 4 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in metropolitan Tulsa, metropolitan Oklahoma City, Lawton, Ardmore, Tahlequah, Shawnee, Enid, Muskogee and Bartlesville.