August 31, 2007 10:13 ET

AAA Texas Offers Free Tipsy Tow Service for Labor Day Weekend

Anti-Drinking and Driving Program Aimed at Curbing Drinking & Driving

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - August 31, 2007) - Texas holds the dubious distinction of leading the nation in alcohol related traffic deaths. The number of drunken driving fatalities in the Lone Star state increased by 34 to a total of 1,354 in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In an effort to curb such statistics and increase safety on Texas roadways, AAA Texas is encouraging motorists to have a designated driver. If that is not an option, AAA Texas is offering its free Tipsy Tow service to the public during the Labor Day holiday.

The Tipsy Tow program, now in its 21st year, is designed to provide drivers with a way to get home safely if they have been drinking. The first ten miles are FREE.

Start Date:  6 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2007
End Date:   11:59 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2007

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 need to keep in mind that the destination is limited to the driver's residence. Drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor for rides farther than ten miles. Tipsy Tow is a statewide service.

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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