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AAA says Be Seen, Be Safe, and Be sober if you’re Driving on Halloween

Tow to Go service available October 30th – 31st

AAA - Traffic Safety FoundationTampa, FL – 43 percent of all motor vehicle deaths on Halloween involved drunk driving according to the last five years of reported data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That combined with the increased number of pedestrian trick-or-treaters makes for a deadly mix on Halloween night.

AAA and Bud Light want motorists to plan ahead this year if they will be out drinking. This means choosing a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, using a cab or finding another form of sober transportation.

Celebrate Halloween Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.
Celebrate Halloween Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.

“Historically we see more motor vehicle related fatalities when Halloween falls on a Saturday versus during the week,” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “This makes it all the more important to make sure all of your loved ones get home safely.”

Whether you are a AAA member or not, you can call for a Tow to Go ride anytime Friday through Saturday night. AAA will then safely transport you and your vehicle home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.

“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Bill Bradley, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”

2013 Halloween Death StatsSince its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast. The service is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

AAA’s Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides the Tow to Go service because it helps keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.

Tow to Go Services:

Tow to Go Service Area Phone Number
Florida, Georgia and Tennessee 855 2.TOW.2.GO or 855.286.9246

 

Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been cosponsors of the program since its inception in 1998.

Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants throughout Florida, Georgia and Tennessee to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.

For nearly three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its nationwide network of 600 wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving.

For more information on these efforts and the progress being made in fighting underage drinking and drunk driving, visit www.anheuser-busch.com [2].

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation

AAA - Traffic Safety FoundationEstablished by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior.

ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose. Visit www.AAA.com/foundation [3] for more information.

About The Auto Club Group

AAAThe Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.

ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.