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Tipsy drivers got tow home

2013-01-03 10:44

SAFE HOME INITIATIVE: "Tipsy Tow" was a campaign aimed at drivers who had had one too many on New Year's Eve.

NEW YORK - An initiative from the American Auto Association (AAA) to assist people who had had one too many drinks on New Years Eve might have helped lower the number of deaths on South African roads.

The London Daily Mail reported that the AAA, a motor club and leisure travel organisation in the US, offered “Tipsy Tows” free of charge to stop people from drinking then driving. The service provided a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home within a 16km radius.


Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers were able to call an advertised number to organise the tows.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that partygoers should tell the AAA operator “I need a Tipsy Tow”, and a truck would be dispatched.

Tipsy Tow's Facebook campaign stated: “No excuses, folks. Don’t drink and drive - and don’t ride with anybody who does.”

Would such a cause work in South Africa?

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