Last year, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office responded to 158 crashes over the 5-day St. Patrick's Day holiday period that involved alcohol or drugs. So, if you are planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer or other colors or types of alcohol, AAA of Oklahoma is offering a safe and free alternative to driving under the influence.

Starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, until 4 a.m. Friday, March 18, AAA Oklahoma will offer callers, one passenger and their car a 15-mile tow home in anywhere in Lawton, Ardmore, Shawnee, Muskogee, Enid, Tahlequah, Bartlesville and the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.

Remember, every time you drink and drive, you are not only taking your own life in your hands, but also the lives of your passengers and those of innocent drivers on the roadways. So if you can not designate a driver ahead of time, your driver fails to live up to their obligation, you can't afford a cab ride or you just don't feel safe driving home after drinking, AAA encourages you to use Tipsy Tow. Tipsy Tow is free, for AAA members and nonmembers alike.

To make use of the free service, just call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell them you need a Tipsy Tow.

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