According to a press release from AAA, in 2016, 188 people were killed in a crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher during the Independence Day holiday. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it could be as much as 28 percent higher this year.
“Celebrating our country’s independence is a wonderful tradition across our nation, but it’s important to remain responsible and safe throughout the holiday,” said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA–The Auto Club Group and executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “Everyone deserves to get home safely.”
According to the release, AAA, its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Budweiser are offering their free Tow to Go program again. AAA predicts a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for the holiday, the highest number since AAA began tracking 18 years ago.
“We encourage everyone who’s celebrating to plan ahead, make arrangements for safe transportation and avoid driving impaired at all costs,” said John Pecchio, spokesperson, AAA. “To help ensure your safety, keep the Tow to Go number handy by programming it into your cell phone so you don’t have to search for it later.”
For anyone who needs a safe ride home, Tow to Go is available from Tuesday, July 3, until 6am on Thursday, July 5. Call Tow to Goat (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.
The following guidelines apply to the Tow to Go program:
Tow To Go Service Areas
Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only)
(855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
- 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 may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions
- Visit 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.
In its 20th year, Tow to Go has safely kept more than 25,000 impaired drivers off the roads across the Southeast and Midwest since 1998. It’s confidential, it’s safe, and no one is at risk. The tow is available within 10 miles of your destination.
“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.”