The New Year's holiday is one of the deadliest for alcohol-related traffic deaths, but being prepared before going out for a night of celebratory drinking could help change that.
Daniel Karnes, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, said last year around the Christmas and New Year's holidays, more calls were made to Tipsy Tow than ever before. He expects the call volume will be high this year, too.
“The New Year's holiday consistently ranks as one of the deadliest days for alcohol-related crashes,” he said. “People go out to celebrate ... maybe have a few too many drinks. That's where Tipsy Tow comes in.”
The service is free to anyone who calls. It provides a free ride home to the driver, one passenger and the vehicle within 15 miles of where they're picked up.
“The responsibility is in the lap of the person who's been drinking,” Karnes said. “Have a designated driver, the number for a cab or Tipsy Tow on hand before you go out.”
Of 700 alcohol-related crashes in Oklahoma City last year, 26 were fatal, and 64 had injuries reported. December had 68 alcohol-related crashes; only April had more, with 69. More than 380 crashes involving alcohol happened between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Roscoe Pettitt, a tow-truck driver for AAA in Oklahoma City, said he responds to Tipsy Tow requests as he would any other call.