There were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers in 2016 according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To help consumers stay safe and celebrate responsibly on the weekend of the big game, AAA and Budweiser urge everyone to have a game plan to get home safely this weekend if they are drinking alcohol. This means choosing a designated driver, calling a cab or ride-sharing service, staying where you are celebrating, or finding another safe way home.
For those that did not plan ahead and need the Tow to Go program, it is available this Friday, February 2nd through 6am Monday morning, February 5th. The following guidelines apply:
Tow To Go Guidelines:
- 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, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only) and Wisconsin
- 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 2018
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.
“Nobody wins when fans drive drunk,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “If you’re going to be celebrating the big game with alcohol, please plan ahead so everybody wins and your loved ones get home safely.”
“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 25,000 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 and its wholesaler 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.