Miami-Dade County

AAA offering tows to prevent drunken driving on St. Patrick’s Day

Friends celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish Car Bombs during the outdoor street festival at Mary Brickell Village on Sunday, March 17, 2013. AAA will provide a transportation service on St. Patrick’s Day this year to help prevent drunk driving.
Friends celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish Car Bombs during the outdoor street festival at Mary Brickell Village on Sunday, March 17, 2013. AAA will provide a transportation service on St. Patrick’s Day this year to help prevent drunk driving. Miami Herald Staff

The Auto Club Group will provide a car-towing and transportation service on St. Patrick’s Day to prevent drunken driving.

The Tow to Go service, running all day Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday, will take a person and their car home or to a safe place within 10 miles.

“The Tow to Go program is a simple and effective way to help prevent drunk driving,” said Kathy Casso, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Anheuser-Busch, which co-sponsors the program.

More than 276 people have died on St. Patrick’s Day between 2009 and 2013 from drunk-driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“We are asking all motorists to plan ahead this St. Patrick’s Day if they are going to be away from home and drinking,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president of automotive services for AAA. “That means having a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of sober transportation.”

Tow to Go was started in 1998 and can be used by both AAA members and non-members. Since it was created, it has transported more than 24,000 drivers.

“We are proud to join forces with AAA and their team of emergency roadside service drivers to help keep our roads safe across the southeast this St. Patrick’s Day,” Casso said.

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