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AAA to offer free ‘Tipsy Tow’ service in Northern California on Thanksgiving

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AAA will offer its "Tipsy Tow" service in Northern California during the Thanksgiving holiday to help drivers get home safely.

The service provides a 10-mile tow and ride home to anyone who feels too impaired to drive, and AAA membership is not required, according to a press release. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate.

The tow service will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, and will go until 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24.

“If you are planning on getting tipsy this Thanksgiving, be sure you have a plan to get home safe,” Michael Blasky, spokesperson for AAA Northern California, said in the press release. “If that plan falls through, give AAA a call and we'll get you home safely."

There are more than 160,000 DUI arrests in California each year, according to the latest statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety.  AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

Follow these steps to take advantage of the service:

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Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357).

State that you need a “Tipsy Tow.”

Provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.