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Tow to Go: AAA will help impaired drivers get home safely this Thanksgiving

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 49 million Americans have plans for a Thanksgiving road trip, according to AAA.

As the U.S. is poised to see its third-busiest Thanksgiving on record, the auto giant is once again working to keep area roads safer this holiday season.

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AAA knows that cocktails and travel can be a recipe for disaster.

So, the auto club will bring back its “Tow to Go” service from Nov. 22-27.

The program was created to provide safe transportation for impaired drivers and their cars.

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The service works by dispatching a tow truck driver to meet up with a person who is unfit to operate their vehicle.

The tow truck then transports the impaired driver and his or her car to a safe location within a 10-mile radius of the pickup spot.

The service is free, but AAA asks that it be used only as a backup plan.

“Tow to Go serves as that last line of defense in keeping impaired drivers off the road,” AAA’s Mark Jenkins said.

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“If you plan to consume alcohol or drugs this weekend, make plans for a safe ride home first. If your plans fall through, you can call AAA and we’ll get you to a safe place.”

Here’s the number to call: (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246

AAA said, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 830 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver during Thanksgiving holiday weekends between 2017 to 2021.

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Program details:

  • Starts Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.
  • Ends Monday, Nov. 27 at 6 a.m.
  • Free and available to both AAA members and non-members.
  • Confidential ride for one person and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius.

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