AAA will provide a free ride and tow for impaired drivers in Michigan during the holidays

If you’ve had too much to drink and need a last-minute ride this holiday season, the American Automobile Association (AAA) is offering free tows to Michigan residents.

Starting Friday, December 24, AAA will be offering a free ride and vehicle tow for people who shouldn’t be driving. That of the group Tow to go is an effort to prevent impaired driving which can lead to fatal car accidents – which would increase around Christmas and New Years.

The Tow to Go service will be available anytime from 6 p.m. on December 24 until 6 a.m. on January 3, 2022. AAA will provide confidential rides for a person and tow their vehicle within 10 miles, whether they are an AAA member or not, officials said. No additional passengers will be allowed.

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To request a Tow to Go, you can call 855-286-9246.

Drivers cannot make an appointment for a tow under the Tow to Go program, officials said. The association hopes that the service will be used as a last resort and that those celebrating this holiday season will establish a safe journey home in advance.

“Drunk driving not only endangers you, it endangers the lives of all adults and children you share the road with,” said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson for AAA–The Auto Club Group. “AAA is proud to offer this life-saving program this holiday season. Yet we still urge people to identify a safe ride home before partying and to consider Tow to Go as their last resort.

Officials say the service has helped keep more than 25,000 impaired drivers off the road so far. According to the AAA, in 2019 there were more drunk driving deaths during the Christmas and New Year holiday season than any other holiday that year.

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Tow to Go is typically offered during major US holidays and is only available in certain states and cities. The service is available throughout Michigan, but officials say Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during extreme weather conditions.

Click here to learn more about AAA’s Tow to Go service.

Related: Health officials: Take COVID precautions when celebrating family vacations

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