Free Tipsy Tow service on St. Patrick’s Day

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.