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AAA says Don’t Make Halloween Scarier than it has to be by getting Behind the Wheel Impaired

 

Tow to Go Program Available All Holiday Weekend

AAA - Traffic Safety FoundationTampa, FL – Last year, over half (52%) of all highway fatalities on Halloween night involved an impaired driver according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Frightening statistics like that combined with the increased pedestrian traffic from trick-or-treaters will make for a deadly mix again this Halloween.

Celebrate Halloween Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.

Celebrate Halloween Safely by choosing a Designated Driver.

AAA and Budweiser urge everyone to plan ahead if they are celebrating Halloween with alcohol.

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

“Halloween presents a unique danger above all other holidays because many children are out on the roads after dark” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director for AAA’s Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “If you’re going to be on the road, look out for those little ones. If you’re going to be drinking, don’t put their lives at risk by getting behind the wheel.”

For those that don’t plan ahead, Tow to Go will be there to provide a safe way home. AAA members and non-members can call for a Tow to Go ride anytime Friday, October 28th through 6:00am on Tuesday, November 1st. AAA will then safely transport them 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 designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The 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 Service Area Phone Number
FL, GA, TN and NE (Omaha and Lincoln only) (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246

 

Tow to Go Guidelines:

  • Confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location
  • The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home
  • Free and available to both AAA members and non-members
  • Tow to Go is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Nebraska (Omaha and Lincoln only)

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 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 55 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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