Free tows home available for people who drink on St. Patrick's Day


People celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Bay Area by drinking alcohol can avoid a DUI arrest by getting a free tow home with AAA's Tipsy Tow Program.

AAA will give anyone, even non-members, a free tow of up to 10 miles starting at 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday.

Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers, among others, can call 800-222-4357 to arrange for the one-way tow. No reservations are taken, according to AAA officials.

Call and say, "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a tow truck will be on its way. The truck will give a ride to the driver and any passengers who can safely fit into the truck, AAA officials said.

On St. Patrick's Day last year across California, the California Highway Patrol arrested more than 120 people for impaired driving.

The first misdemeanor DUI conviction is estimated to cost $21,500for people under 21 years old and $15,649 for others, AAA officials said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Commendable, this.

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 17, 2016 at 8:07 am

A free town home? Cool!

[Removes beer goggles]

For a second there I thought my PA real estate problems were solved...

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Posted by parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

It is so irresponsible to drive to a bar with the intention of drinking. Why doesn't AAA offer free taxi rides to the bar instead of free tows home from the bar?

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Posted by Mixed blessing
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Mar 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

Why not bill the non-members some nominal amount. They've been spending at the bar so money is no object.
Glad to see them off the road but making life easier for drunks, accommodating to excessive drinking is not a good idea.
AAA is sponsored by some wineries, maybe there is a connection there.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

As someone who has been asked to go for a drink after work when I wasn't expecting to do so, I understand just how easy it is to be at a bar with a drink and feel that you shouldn't drive home afterwards.

Just because someone has had a couple of drinks, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are drunk but just shouldn't be driving. Not all people in bars are drunks but they still shouldn't be driving afterwards. Something like this will make it easier for someone to decide not to drive.

It is nice to have this type of option available.

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