AAA Offering Free Tows for Super Bowl Sunday

January 31, 2015 10:00 am · 8 comments

Drivers who drink while cheering on their team Super Bowl Sunday can get a free tow home after the game, AAA said Thursday.

AAA is calling the offer the Tipsy Tow program, a program that has been going on for more than a decade.

The offer is good for the driver and vehicle and additional passengers provided there is enough room in the tow truck to transport them safely.

AAA will start the service at 6 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday and continue it through 6 a.m. February 2 in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) to arrange a free tow of up to 10 miles.

The Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone, including drivers who are not members of AAA.

AAA says when calling to say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” No reservations are available.

Although Super Bowl celebrations are popular, AAA expects to be able to handle all the calls efficiently.

AAA spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said all the drivers and stations regularly available in Northern California will be available for calls.

“Every call that goes in will be serviced,” Harris said.

It’s unlikely there would be delays, but she said there could be if there was a storm or natural disaster, such as a Lake Tahoe snowstorm.

California Highway Patrol crash data show that the risk of an injury or fatal crash involving alcohol increases by 77 percent on Super Bowl Sunday in California and DUI offenses can be expensive.

A person’s first-time DUI conviction can cost about $15,649 or more including fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs, AAA estimates. For men and women under 21, the cost of a first-time misdemeanor DUI is $21,500, AAA estimates.

Of any Sunday of the year, police make the most arrests on Super Bowl Sunday.

“We’re going to send a tow truck and get them home safely,” Harris said.

GoGo Gomez January 31, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Love it AAA!

TinFoiler January 31, 2015 at 11:35 AM

LMFAO. Can’t wait till all of the stupids make it a holiday

GRX January 31, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Nothing is free… somewhere along the line someone is paying for it… in this case, AAA members.

clg January 31, 2015 at 11:54 AM

So, people that have real car trouble are going to have to wait for hours because of some idiots.
Let the drunks stay where they got drunk until they sober up.

kax January 31, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Excellent idea…May i make a reservation??

Blue Fan January 31, 2015 at 2:31 PM

I’ve had AAA for many years and never had to call them. Tipsy drivers are more than welcome to my unused tows, if they’re off the road when I’m on it that makes my ride safer, thanks to AAA.

Duh January 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

I want to get drunk and yell at my tv on a nice sunny day! NOT!

ClayDen January 31, 2015 at 6:45 PM

@ clg

That would be fine if they would do it, but many will get in their car and drive. I don’t plan to drink, but I’m staying off the road.

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