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Too much St. Patrick's Day fun? AAA offers Florida revelers a free tow

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The program has removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from the road since it was implemented 20 years ago.

AAA Auto Club is trying to keep impaired drivers off the road on this St. Patrick’s Day. AAA is activating its Tow to Go program starting at 6 p.m. Thursday and lasting through 6AM Monday.

The service is free, but AAA says it should be considered a backup plan. The program includes a ride for one person and a tow for their vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius.

AAA says the Tow to Go program has removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from the road since it was implemented 20 years ago for certain holiday periods.

“Driving impaired doesn’t only endanger yourself but risks the lives of all the adults and children you share the road with,” says AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. “Although AAA is proud to provide this life-saving program, we urge people to identify a safe ride home before they party, and treat Tow to Go as their last resort.”

AAA says approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes every day. That equals one person every 52 minutes.

The Tow To Go program is available around Florida and Georgia (excluding Savannah).  It’s available by calling (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246

Tow To Go Guidelines:

  • Provided from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17th – 6 a.m. Monday, March 21st
  • Free and available to AAA members and non-members.
  • Confidential local ride for one person and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius.
  • AAA service vehicles are limiting passengers to one (1) per vehicle, in accordance with established COVID-19 safety protocols.  Additional passengers need to make other arrangements.
  • Appointments cannot be scheduled in advance to use Tow to Go. It is designed as a safety net for those that did not plan ahead. Always choose a designated driver before celebrating.
  • In some situations, AAA may need to make other arrangements to get an impaired individual a safe ride home.
  • Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions.

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Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. She left after a few years to spend more time with her son, working part-time as the capital reporter/producer for WLRN Public Media in Miami and as a drama teacher at Young Actors Theatre. She also blogged and reported for StateImpact Florida, an NPR education project, and produced podcasts and articles for AVISIAN Publishing. Gina has won awards for features, breaking news coverage, and newscasts from contests including the Associated Press, Green Eyeshade, and Murrow Awards. Gina is on the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors. Gina is thrilled to be back at WFSU! In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and watch her son play football. Follow Gina Jordan on Twitter: @hearyourthought
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