AAA offers free ride home after Super Bowl

With an estimated one million Super Bowl fans visiting the Bay Area for the week long festivities, many will choose to celebrate the game by consuming alcohol. Revelers who consume too much alcohol during Super Bowl Sunday and feel unsafe behind the wheel, AAA will take you and your car home for free.

The AAA Tipsy Tow program keeps drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel and is open to everyone. You do not need to be a AAA member to take advantage of this service to the community.

AAA will offer free tows to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, to 6 a.m. Feb. 8, in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Just tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” and a truck will be on its way.

The service will provide a one-way ride for drivers and their vehicle to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver’s home as long as long as they can be transported safely in the tow truck. Tipsy Tow does not take reservations.

“Everybody wants to have fun at a Super Bowl party,” said Cynthia Harris, spokesperson for AAA Northern California. “But be aware that as little as one drink can impair vision, steering, braking, judgment, and reaction time. If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.”

According to the California Highway crash data, there is a 77% increased risk of alcohol-related fatal and injury crashes throughout California on Super Bowl Sunday.

In California, an estimated 160,000 drivers were arrested for drunk driving in 2013, and 24,000 people were killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes.

AAA estimates that a first-time misdemeanor DUI conviction in California can cost approximately $15,649 or more in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs. DUI-related costs have risen sharply in recent years largely due to steep increases in fines and insurance for DUI drivers. The estimated cost of a first-offense misdemeanor DUI for those under age 21 is $21,500.

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to more than 4.5 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 116 years ago.