December 19, 2006 04:30 ET

AAA Texas Offers Free Tipsy Tow Service for Christmas - New Year's Holidays

Anti-Drinking and Driving Statewide Campaign

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 19, 2006 --AAA Texas is offering its free Tipsy Tow service to the public during the Christmas - New Year's holidays. The service is available from 6 PM on Friday, December 22nd until 11:59 PM Monday, January 1, 2007.

AAA Texas 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 the 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.

"We recommend motorists have a designated driver if they plan on drinking," said Rose Rougeau, spokesperson for AAA Texas. "However, if that is not possible, we suggest motorists utilize our Tipsy Tow service."

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

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