AAA offers Tipsy Tow service for Christmas Eve, NYE

AAA's Tipsy Tow service is available again to the public just in time for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

The service involves a free 10-mile tow and ride home.

For mileage beyond the free service, motorists will be charged a standard towing rate, according to AAA. The Tipsy Tow service does not include roadside assistance.

The services start tonight at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and are extended until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Drivers, passengers, party hosts or even restaurant employees are encouraged to call (800) AAA-HELP during those hours and state that they need a "tipsy tow" to take home anyone who has been drinking.

That individual will then need to provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.

AAA officials emphasize that people do not have to be a member of AAA to use the service.

"Be sure you have a plan to get home safely if you're out celebrating this year," AAA spokesman Michael Blasky said in a statement. "If that plan falls through, call AAA and we'll get you home."