AAA and Budweiser are doing their part to keep the roads safe over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The two companies are offering their Tow To Go program from 6 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday for motorists in need of a ride if they’re unable to drive due to alcohol use.
From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period. That makes it the deadliest holiday to be on the road – especially Wednesday night, commonly referred to as Thanksgiving Eve.
The Tow to Go program offers a confidential ride to a safe location within 10 miles and is a free service to AAA members and non-members. The program is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only) and Wisconsin (Wausau only). Services may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions
“Everyone deserves to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday safely,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director for the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “If you or your loved ones will be celebrating with alcohol, please plan ahead for a safe ride home.”
Since its inception in 1998, Tow To Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume.
Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been co-sponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. The company has provided funding for the service and also worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.
“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.
To request a ride, call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. Visit www.AAA.com/TowtoGo for dates and availability throughout 2017.