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Free Tipsy Tow service on St. Patrick’s Day

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AAA is offering its free Tipsy Tow service this Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, to make sure celebrants who consume too much green beer get home safely, a company spokesman said.

The service will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and runs through 6 a.m. Sunday, according to AAA.

Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders or restaurant managers can call (800) AAA-HELP and explain that they need a Tipsy Tow, AAA officials said. Drivers should be prepared to give their name, home address, phone number, location and vehicle description.

AAA Northern California spokesman Michael Blasky said in a statement:

“St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated by drinking green beer and other spirits, so we urge revelers to include a safe ride home in their plans for the evening …¬†Should your luck run out, AAA’s Tipsy Tow will be there to help get you home safely.”

Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles. For mileage beyond this, drivers are charged a standard towing rate, AAA officials said. The service doesn’t include roadside assistance.

Drivers do not have to be AAA members to use the program.

AAA estimates that a first-time DUI can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance rates.

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