August 29, 2006 03:00 ET

AAA Texas Offers Free Tipsy Tow Service for Labor Day Weekend Anti-Drinking and Driving Statewide Campaign

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- AAA Texas is offering its free Tipsy Tow service to the public during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The service is available from 6 PM on Friday, September 1st until 12:01 AM Monday, September 4th.

The Tipsy Tow program, now in its 20th year, is designed to provide drivers with a way to get home safely if they have been drinking. The first ten miles are free.

Here is how it works:

--  Drivers, holiday hosts and bartenders dial AAA Texas' toll free number
    at 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357 to request Tipsy Tow service.
--  AAA Texas dispatches a tow truck and;
--  The driver is driven -- and the vehicle towed -- home for free up to
    10 miles.
Callers should keep in mind that the destination is limited to the driver's residence. Reservations are not accepted. Drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor for rides farther than ten miles.

"The latest traffic safety figures show that there is a huge need for more motorists to have a designated driver," said Rose Rougeau, spokesperson for AAA Texas. "According to research, Texas has shown a slight decrease in the number of people killed by drunk drivers from 2004 to 2005. Despite this drop, more people still die on Texas highways as a result of drinking and driving than in any other state in the U.S., except California," added Rougeau.

Tipsy Tow is a public service offered by AAA Texas throughout the state of Texas.

AAA Texas, a member of the American Automobile Association federation of motor clubs, has been serving Texans since 1902. Today, more than a million AAA Texas' members benefit from the organization's roadside assistance service, travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing, buying and financing, trip planning services, and traffic safety programs. Information about these products and services is available on AAA Texas' web site at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Rose Rougeau
    713.284.6552 (direct)
    1.800.888.5521 (ext. 6552)
    Email Contact