Labor Day fight against drunken driving

By Bruce Hamilton, The Morning Show anchor, bhamilton@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 27 2014 11:10:41 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 27 2014 11:33:17 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is killed in a drunken-driving crash every 51 minutes on average during the year. Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one drunken-driving fatality every 34 minutes.

“As the last official holiday of the summer, it’s critical to have a plan to celebrate safely if you are going to be drinking this Labor Day Weekend,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president of The Auto Club Group. “Whether you are attending a family barbecue or going out on the town -- always have a designated driver or another plan in place to help you get home safely.”

Whether you are a AAA member or not, you can call for a Tow To Go ride anytime this Friday through Monday. AAA will then safely transport you and your vehicle home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.

“We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe,” said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “The Tow To Go program is a very effective way to promote the use of designated drivers and help prevent drunk driving.”

Since its inception in 1998, Tow To Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high-call volume.

The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides the Tow To Go service because it helps keep all motorists safe from the dangers of drunk driving.

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