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‘Tipsy Tow’ offered for the holidays

With the two biggest holidays of the year, Christmas and New Year’s, right around the corner, drivers have plenty of options available to avoid driving while intoxicated.

There are a variety of ways to get a ride home after having too much to drink, such as a ride-sharing apps, designated sober drivers, calling a friend or even calling a taxi cab.

Tidewater AAA urges drivers to celebrate the holiday safely and avoid driving if they plan on partaking in alcoholic beverages.

“We would recommend people make arrangements before they go out. It is easier to pre-plan than to scramble in that condition,” AAA spokeswoman Georjeane Blumling said.

Sometimes, though, those options can be an inconvenience, and AAA Tidewater is providing the area with another safe alternative to drinking and driving.

AAA’s Tipsy Tow program offers a ride home for the driver along with a tow for their vehicle. Both options are free to members and non-members to prevent alcohol-related car crashes. The program started Halloween weekend and runs until 6 a.m. on Jan. 1.

“This is AAA’s opportunity to keep people safe during the holidays,” Blumling said.

The Tipsy Tow service, now in its 10th year, averages anywhere from 100 to 150 passengers every year, Blumling said.

If drivers have had too much to drink without any plans to get home safely, they can call 1-800-AAA-HELP and tell the dispatcher, “I need a Tipsy Tow.”

The service is available to the Greater Hampton Roads area including Suffolk. Callers should keep in mind that the service excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver, and the destination is limited to the driver’s residence. Reservations are not accepted, and the tows are available within the greater Hampton Roads area.