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AAA says more than a Third of Motorists admit to Drinking and Driving

Tow to Go Program Available for Memorial Day Weekend

AAATampa, FL – According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, over a third (36%) of motorists have driven multiple times in the past year after consuming alcohol. AAA urges everyone to prepare for a safe holiday weekend if they intend to drink away from home.

That means choosing a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.

Celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.
Celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.

“Survey results like this are very disheartening,” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “When motorists don’t plan ahead to celebrate safely, they put everyone’s safety at risk.”

Fortunately, Tow to Go provides a safety net for those that don’t plan ahead. Anyone in Florida, Georgia, or Tennessee can call for a ride anytime this Friday, May 27th through 6:00am on Tuesday, May 31st. AAA will then transport the driver and their 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 Katja Zastrow, Vice President 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.”

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast. 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 Tow to Go to help keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.

Tow to Go Services:

  • Confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location
  • Service is provided in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee
  • Free and available to AAA members and non-members
  • The AAA service vehicle transports the driver and their car

 

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.

About Anheuser-Busch

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.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation

Established 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 for more information.

About the Consumer Pulse™ Survey

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee residents from April 12th, 2016 – April 28th, 2016.  A total of 581 residents completed the survey.  Survey results have margin of error of ± 4.1 percentage points.  Responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+).

About The Auto Club Group

The 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 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

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