Budweiser and yellow cab are joining forces to strop drunk people from getting behind the wheel this holiday season.
The "safe ride" program is available at bars and restaurants in Leon County.
Here's how it works:
If you need a ride, then the manager, or owner of the participating establishment can call yellow cab for a safe ride.
This can happen from 8pm to 3am.
The program started Thanksgiving and will go through New Year's day.
Tri-eagle Sales and Yellow Cab are picking up these cab fares.
AAA Release - AAA & Bud Light Protect Motorists Thanksgiving Weekend: Tow to Go provides safe rides home to intoxicated drivers November 22 - 25
Tampa, FL - November 19, 2012 - AAA and Bud Light will help protect motorists on Thanksgiving weekend with the Tow to Go program. The Auto Club Group has provided Tow to Go service for more than fourteen years, because it allows AAA to protect the freedom and mobility of motorists on our roadways. The program's mission is to discourage an intoxicated driver from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives and safety of other motorists.
"The busiest time for the Tow to Go program is during the upcoming holiday season when more than 70 percent of the call volume is received," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. "This program is invaluable because it brings attention to the dangers of drinking and driving beyond just giving an intoxicated driver a safe ride home."
Tow to Go Services:
Confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location
Service is provided in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee
Free and available to both AAA members and non-members
The AAA tow truck transports both the vehicle and the driver
Tow to Go Service Area(s)Phone NumberFL, GA or West & Middle TN(855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246East TN: Knox, Blount, Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, Grainger, Union, Roane and Loudon counties(800) 234-1222Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been a cosponsor of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants throughout Florida, Georgia and Tennessee to help educate servers on the importance of not over serving their customers.
"The Tow to Go program is a simple and effective way to help prevent drunk driving," said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. "We are proud to join forces with AAA and their team of roadside assistance service vehicle drivers on this great program that helps keep our roads safe."
Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 20,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.8 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
For nearly three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its nationwide network of 600 wholesalers have invested more than $875 million in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information on these efforts and the progress being made in fighting underage drinking and drunk driving, visit www.anheuser-busch.com
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