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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • 'Tipsy Tow' seeks to avoid holiday DUIs

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  • Tipsy Tow, a free ride for drivers who have had too much to drink and a free vehicle tow, will be offered in Ardmore starting at 6 p.m. today and continuing throughout the Labor Day weekend.
    The service, promoting safer streets over the holiday, is sponsored by the American Automobile Association; and Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, says Tipsy Tow isn’t just for AAA members — it’s for anyone.
    “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells us someone is killed in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes on average throughout the year,” Mai said. “Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one drunk driving fatality every 34 minutes.”
    While AAA encourages drivers to plan ahead and use a designated driver or a cab, sometimes the unexpected happens.
    “We often hear of people taking chances and driving when they really shouldn’t, simply because they don’t want to hitch a ride and leave their car behind. This way, everyone, including the vehicle, gets home safely,” Mai said adding Tipsy Tow, “will safely transport you and your vehicle within a 15-mile radius from point of pickup, no questions asked.
    Call for a Tipsy Tow at (800) AAA-HELP.
    AAA will dispatch a truck which will tow the vehicle and give a ride for up to two people. The only catch, Mai says, is that there’s only one place AAA will take motorists: home.
    Tipsy Two will operate until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

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