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AAA Offers Free Rides On St. Patrick's Weekend

Posted at 11:49 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 00:49:40-04

AAA has offered free rides and pickups during St. Patrick's weekend as part of its Tow to Go program.

AAA will take you and your car home. It's all part of an effort to lower crash fatalities on the road.

"With Tow to go, we will actually tow the person and their car home for free. It's completely anonymous, home or anywhere that's safe within a 10 miles distance, Megan Osborne said.

If you don't have a designated driver, AAA wants people to use their Tow to Go service available through 6am Sunday. You can use the program even if you aren't a AAA member.

Since its start in 1998, Tow to Go has helped more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads in the Southeast and Midwest. In 2015, 25 percent of people in all crashes were killed in drunk-driving accidents over the St. Patrick's Day holiday period.

The program is the product of a partnership between AAA and Budweiser.

"We want you to have something in place before you even take the first drink of the night, but we understand that plans might sometimes change. You might go with a group of friends and you might lose your friends. Whatever happens we want you to get home safely," Osborne said.

Anheuser-Busch also teamed up with AAA investing more than $1 billion into the service.

Here's a list of the Tow to Go guidlines:

  • 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 is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Iowa
  • 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