TAMPA, Fla. – Independence Day traditionally ranks as one of the year’s deadliest holidays due to drunk-driving crashes. The most recent data available from the 2014 holiday weekend revealed that 164 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That number represents almost half (41%) of all crash fatalities for the entire holiday weekend.
With a record 43 million Americans traveling this Independence Day weekend, there is potential for even worse results. AAA and Budweiser urge anyone celebrating away from home to plan ahead by choosing a Designated Driver, staying where they are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.
“Driving will already be a challenge with more motorists on the road this weekend than ever before,” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “Celebrating safely will help keep impaired driving out of the mix.”
For those that didn’t plan ahead, Tow to Go will be there to provide a safe way home. Whether you are a AAA member or not, you can call for a Tow to Go ride anytime this Friday, July 1st through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5th. AAA will then transport you and your 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.
The number to take advantage of Tow to Go is (855) 2-Tow-2-GO or (855) 286-9246