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AAA offers Tipsy Tow to make roads safer throughout the holiday season

The free service for AAA members and non-members will take a driver and their car home to help prevent alcohol-related crashes.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — AAA Tidewater Virginia is offering the Tipsy Tow service this holiday season.

The goal of the program is to provide a safe alternative to drinking and driving on roads in Hampton Roads. The service, available in the greater Hampton Roads area, kicked off at 9 p.m. on October 31, 2019, and will end at 6 a.m. on January 1st, 2020.

Tipsy Tow will help keep motorists and children safe as they travel the streets.

The free service for AAA members and non-members will be provided in the Greater Hampton Roads area including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Yorktown, and Williamsburg. 

The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home.

“Well, we really want to do this to keep the roads safe for everyone. So  members, and non-members, everyone out there can use the program,” said Holly Dalby, spokeswoman for AAA Tidewater Virginia. 

Dalby said it's important to make the right decision to keep yourself and others safe. 

“The risk of drinking and driving is so great. I mean you risk yourself in an accident, the passengers with you, perhaps pedestrians. There’s also the financial risk. You might not even think about the cost of a drunk driving arrest, and financially, perhaps, the cost of your job,” Dalby explained.

Anyone can call 1-(800)-AAA-HELP. The caller simply tells the dispatcher, "I need a TipsyTow," to receive both the free tow and ride home.

The service is not for passengers, it's limited to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver. The Tipsy Tow will only take the driver to their home.

Reservations are not accepted, and the tows are available within the greater Hampton Roads area. This service is provided free of charge to prevent alcohol-related car crashes.

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