Auto club extending its "Tipsy Tow" service

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- AAA Arizona is offering its "Tipsy Tow" program from now through the end of the year.

Tipsy Tow will be offered 6 p.m.-6 a.m. every Friday and Saturday through the first of the year.

Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request a free tow home of up to 10 miles.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle.

Trips longer than 10 miles will be charged the standard tow rate.

The auto club is providing the service because it estimates a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

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