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AAA offers 'Tipsy Tow' service New Year's Eve

Posted: December 30, 2011 6:21 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2011 6:21 p.m.

One way Santa Clarita Valley residents can cope with local law enforcement wrangling drunken drivers this holiday season is to take AAA up on an offer to tow their vehicles home free, a AAA official said Friday.

The program is called "Tipsy Tow," and it offers drunken drivers a better alternative than trying to drive their cars home after drinking, said Nichole Walker, AAA representative.

"The first seven miles are free," Walker said. "After that, the individual pays the rest of the way."

Any money AAA expends on this program will be offset by the cost of towing after seven miles, Walker said.

Sheriff's deputies across Los Angeles County have made 1,849 DUI arrests between Dec.16 and Friday, officials said. The number was up from this time last year, when 1,720 arrests for DUI were made.

On Wednesday alone, between 1;25 a.m. and 11:10 p.m., local deputies and CHP officers arrested eight people for DUI-related offenses, the log reported. Of these eight arrests, seven were Santa Clarita Valley residents. The eighth was an Arleta man.

Santa Clarita Valley residents can request a "Tipsy Tow" by calling 1 (800) 400-4aaa. The program started at 6 a.m. Friday and ends 6 a.m. Sunday, Walker said.

"We're already getting a lot of calls," she said.




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