AAA offers free tow, ride home for impaired drivers on New Year's Eve

AAA is offering safe rides home on New Year's Eve. 

Motorists can get a safe ride home News Year's Eve from AAA rather than drinking and driving, AAA officials said Thursday. 

The organization's Tipsy Tow service will begin at 6 p.m. Monday and end at 6 a.m. Tuesday, New Year's Day, in Northern California. 

"We urge New Year's Eve revelers to have a sober ride home lined up before the ball drops," AAA Northern California spokesman Michael Blasky said in a statement.

But, Blasky said, if those plans don't work out, AAA's Tipsy Tow service will take a motorist and a passenger home and tow their vehicle too. 

AAA estimates that a first-time conviction for DUI can cost more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and higher insurance costs. 

Revelers can get a ride of up to 10 miles and the service is for everyone, not only for AAA members. Beyond 10 miles, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. 

Tipsy Tow drivers can be reached by calling (800) 222-4357. Anyone can call to ensure a safe ride home for an impaired driver. 

Tipsy Tow service is not available for transportation to another drinking establishment, repair facility or any other place except a home or hotel if a person is or plans to become a guest. 

Tipsy Tow drivers also will not start a vehicle, change a flat tire, deliver gas, provide taxi service or transport more than two people.