AAA offers alternative for drivers drinking during the holidays

AAA offers alternative for drivers drinking during the holidays

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"New Year's Day is historically, nationally the most the most dangerous day for drunk driving and we felt it was important to bring this back and have it available for those who need it," said Don Lindsey with AAA of Tennessee. "New Year's Day is historically, nationally the most the most dangerous day for drunk driving and we felt it was important to bring this back and have it available for those who need it," said Don Lindsey with AAA of Tennessee.
"The best thing to do is just not binge drink to begin with where you get drunk," said Karen Pershing with the Metropolitan Drug Commission. "The best thing to do is just not binge drink to begin with where you get drunk," said Karen Pershing with the Metropolitan Drug Commission.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you raise a toast this New Year's or uncork some champagne at a holiday party and find yourself without safe way home, you don't have to worry about the drive home.

AAA is bringing back its 'Tow To Go' service for drivers in Knoxville and its surrounding counties.

"New Year's Day is historically, nationally the most the most dangerous day for drunk driving and we felt it was important to bring this back and have it available for those who need it," said Don Lindsey with AAA of Tennessee.

Lindsey says in 2011 alone 30 percent of all fatal accidents in Tennessee involved alcohol. That's something he hopes will be prevented this year by more people planning ahead.

"The first resort should be planning, thinking about how it's going and then if it all falls through 'Tow to Go' is a last resort," said Lindsey.

"The best thing to do is just not binge drink to begin with where you get drunk," said Karen Pershing with the Metropolitan Drug Commission.

Pershing says a designated driver is always the best option, but you should have a back-up plan in case that falls through.

"Sometimes the person that commits to being the designated driver may decide they want to drink when they get to a party," said Pershing.

If all options fail and you need to call Tow To Go, the free service will be available from Friday, Dec. 21 through New Year's Day.

AAA will bring you, your vehicle and one passenger home anywhere up to 10 miles.

"It's a protection, not just for the people who are considering themselves too drunk to drive, but for all the rest of us out there who might be out at that time of day," said Lindsey.

If you want to request the Tow To Go service, the number to call is 800-234-1222.

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