WALNUT CREEK, Calif. June 30, 2017 –  Don’t lose your freedom on Independence Day. If you have too much fun during your 4th of July celebration, and don’t have a safe ride, call AAA for a free tow home.

“The only flashing lights you’ll want to see this 4th of July are the fireworks in the sky — not in your rearview mirror,” said Mike Blasky, spokesman for AAA Northern California. “Everyone wants to have fun on their holiday, but don’t risk a DUI or a potentially deadly crash because of impaired driving.”

AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and will run through 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 5. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should:

•    Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357)
•    State that they need a “Tipsy Tow.”
•    Provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.

Although Uncle Sam’s favorite Americans are AAA members, you don’t need to be a AAA member to qualify for the ‘Tipsy Tow’ program. AAA will provide free 10 miles of towing for a driver, one passenger and their vehicle. Any additional miles are subject to a standard towing rate. Tipsy Tow does not take reservations.

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The service does not include roadside assistance. AAA challenges drivers to pledge to drive drug- and alcohol-free. AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to more than 4 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 117 years ago.