SALT LAKE CITY — AAA Utah is offering its Tipsy Tow service on New Year’s Eve — the day after the toughest DUI law in the nation goes into effect.
The Tipsy Tow service, which provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles for any driver, will start at 6 p.m. Monday and runs through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
“AAA wants motorists to send off 2018 on a high note by ringing in the new year safely,” Michael Blasky, spokesman for AAA Utah, said in a statement. “We urge New Year’s Eve revelers to have a sober ride home lined up before the ball drops. If those plans fall through, AAA’s Tipsy Tow will not only provide a safe ride home for you and a passenger, but we’ll get your vehicle home safely, too.”
For mileage beyond the 10 mile limit, motorists will be charged a standard towing rate. To use the service, anyone who wants to ensure a safe ride home for an impaired motorist should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow.Comment on this story
Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment, repair facility or any other location other than their home or a hotel if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest. Other services not covered include requests to start a vehicle, flat tire change, gas delivery, taxi service and requests to transport more than two people with the vehicle.
AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.
Beginning Sunday, the legal blood alcohol concentration for driving in Utah will go from .08 percent to .05 percent. The Utah Legislature passed the law in 2017 but delayed its implementation until the end of this year.