When getting towed is a good thing | SierraSun.com

When getting towed is a good thing

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunAAA of Northern California is offering free tows to drivers who have had too much to drink on New Year's Eve.

Pop Quiz: It’s 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. You’re standing alone outside a now-closed bar on Commercial Row, reeking of mixed-drink specials and trying to determine why your pants are on backwards and your neck-tie is around your head.

You can’t find your car keys, but it doesn’t matter anyway because even though there are only three vehicles left in the parking lot you can’t tell which one is yours.

How are you going to get home?

Answer: You call “Tipsy Tow,” the New Year’s Eve service being offered free by AAA of Northern California that will tow your vehicle home ” and you along with it.

“Start 2006 off right,” said Mike Bregante, AAA senior vice president of automotive product management, in a news release. “If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.”

How soon you get home is, however, is another story. Russ Harris, owner of High Sierra Towing, the local AAA-affiliated company that will be providing the service in Truckee, said that New Year’s Eves are always overwhelming, and with only three tow-truck drivers working that night, the speed at which they respond to non-emergencies could be on the slow side.

“[Tipsy Tow] is a good idea, but [we are] anticipating many accidents and impounds. I don’t know how long someone will have to wait when they call,” Harris said.

The service is free to everyone, but limited. Customers will only be taken to locations within five miles of where they are picked up, making plans of partying on the South Shore and being towed back to Truckee obsolete.

Additional passengers can be taken so long as there is room in the tow truck. No reservations will be taken.

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