AAA Oklahoma is offering free rides home for St. Patrick’s Day partiers and their vehicles at no charge from noon today through 4 a.m. Saturday.
The free ride, offered to all drivers within a 15-mile radius from point of pick up, comes with “no questions asked,” said AAA spokesperson Chuck Mai.
“We all know that judgment is the first casualty when somebody starts to drink alcohol. This leads to poor decision-making, like choosing to drive. It can be a fatal mistake. Tipsy Tow is a free alternative to possibly getting a DUI.”
Statistics back up Mai’s caution about drinking and driving. Over St. Patrick’s Day in 2015, in Oklahoma 158 drivers were involved in crashes where alcohol or drug use was a factor, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that every 72 minutes on St. Patrick’s Day, an alcohol-related car crash claims a life somewhere in the U.S.
In addition to Tipsy Tow in Ardmore, the community service will also be offered in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Muskogee, Bartlesville, Tahlequah, Enid, Lawton and Shawnee.
“With so many options to driving drunk, it doesn’t make sense to take that chance,” said Mai. “Choose a designated driver, call a cab, use a ride-sharing service such as Lyft or Uber, or call AAA for a Tipsy Tow,” Mai said.
To access Tipsy Tow, call (800) 222-4357  and say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.”