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Starting at 4:20 p.m., AAA will offer free services for stoned drivers

This photo shows a Waldos 420 flag from 1972 made by a classmate at San Rafael High School. Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot’s enduring and universal slang for smoking. Five Northern California high school stoner buddies widely credited with creating the shorthand slang for getting high nearly 50 years ago now serve as the day's unofficial grand masters.
This photo shows a Waldos 420 flag from 1972 made by a classmate at San Rafael High School. Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot’s enduring and universal slang for smoking. Five Northern California high school stoner buddies widely credited with creating the shorthand slang for getting high nearly 50 years ago now serve as the day's unofficial grand masters.

Since the 1990's the American Automobile Association has provided programs servicing holiday and event drunk drivers, but this year there is a new event and a new impairment they are providing services for - 4:20 and driving under the influence of marijuana.

Tipsy Tow will only be offered in AAA's Northern California region (its southern most point is Hanford) and is a free service for everyone, membership or not.

All drivers in need of a free ride home and a vehicle tow of up to 10 miles due to intoxication are welcome.

The tow service begins today, April 20 (4/20) at 4:20 p.m. and continues until 4:20 a.m. April 21.

This is their first campaign involving marijuana and impaired driving.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking alcohol or using recreational marijuana, there’s never an excuse to drive impaired,” said John Moreno, public policy manager for AAA Northern California and six other Western states. “You should always plan for a safe ride home, but if those plans fall through, AAA will get you and your vehicle home safely on 4/20. We want to keep intoxicated drivers off our roadways, which keeps all of us safer.”

To take advantage of the service, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow. Drivers should be prepared to provide their name, home address, phone number, location and vehicle description.

For tows beyond 10 miles motorists are charged a standard towing rate.

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