Free ride home for St. Patrick's Day revelers

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- St. Patrick's Day Celebrations can often involves alcohol, but AAA Arizona wants to make sure that doesn't mean people are getting behind the wheel after drinking. With that in mind they're offering free rides home on the holiday. 

The service will start 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, and will run through 6 a.m. Friday, March 18.

To take advantage of AAA’s Tipsy Tow, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357)  and say they need a “Tipsy Tow.” All that's required is the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location. You don't even have have to be an AAA member.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorists is, or plans to become, a guest.
Other services that will not be provided include requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol-impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. 

More than 18,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona in 2010, according to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety. 

Launched in 2009, AAA Arizona's Tipsy Tow is the only free program of its kind in Arizona.