AAA: Eat, Drink and be Responsibly Merry

AAA aims to keep impaired drivers off Arizona roads and provides tips for celebrating responsibly this holiday season

Traffic Safety

To keep roads calm and bright this Christmas Eve, AAA will once again offer its Tipsy Tow service. Service begins 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 and runs through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25.
“As families and friends gather to celebrate Christmas Eve, AAA wants to ensure everyone has a plan on getting themselves or guests home safely,” said Michelle Donati spokesperson for AAA Arizona.

AAA Tips for a Safe Christmas
Be a responsible partygoer:

  • If you plan to drive, don’t drink.
  • If you plan to drink, select a designated driver.
  • If your ride falls through, use a rideshare service, call a cab, or use AAA’s Tipsy Tow as a transportation alternative.
  • Buckle up — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

Be a responsible host:

  • Make sure all of your guests have a designated driver.
  • Keep the numbers for safe transportation options, like Tipsy Tow, handy.
  • Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
  • Offer food and non-alcoholic beverages, like the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Tart Cranberry Spritz and Grapefruit Thyme mocktails:

Tart Cranberry Spritz

1 oz fresh lime juice

1.5 oz cranberry syrup

1 oz cranberry juice

0.5 oz agave nectar

2 oz soda water

Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass over ice.
Garnish with fresh cranberry and a rosemary sprig.


Grapefruit Thyme

2 oz grapefruit juice

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.75 oz honey syrup

2 oz ginger beer

Combine all ingredients in a snifter over crushed ice.
Garnish with a grapefruit peel and sprig of thyme.

“If you've been singing ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ we urge you to keep your promise, and never drive impaired," Donati said. "AAA encourages all Arizonans to use Tipsy Tow, if necessary, to ensure they'll spend the holiday with their loved ones, safe and sound.” 

Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles for any driver, not just AAA Members. For mileage beyond this, motorists are 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.

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.

About AAA Arizona
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