Tow to Go Program Encourages Responsbile Labor Day Weekend Driving
Broadcast Quality B-Roll (click here) Broadcast Quality Sound Bites (click here)
OMAHA, NE (August 28, 2018) — From the unofficial end of summer to one of the first weekends of college football, Labor Day brings plenty of reasons to celebrate. Unfortunately, the holiday weekend’s festivities can also create more danger on the roadways.
Considered one of the deadliest times on the roads, Labor Day weekend saw 433 roadway fatalities due to alcohol-related crashes in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To reduce these fatalities and help keep motorists safe, AAA, its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Budweiser are offering their free Tow to Go program while encouraging those who are celebrating to make safe, responsible transportation arrangements.
“We want Labor Day to be an enjoyable weekend for everyone,” said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and executive director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “With greater numbers of drivers expected on the roadways, it’s crucial for motorists to make safe and responsible decisions when getting behind the wheel.”
Now in its 20th year, Tow to Go encourages ride-share services or designated drivers to prevent impaired drivers from needlessly risking the lives of others. Tow to Go has safely removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and the Midwest since 1998.
“We strongly encourage people to plan ahead for the weekend, especially when it comes to transportation,” said Rose White, public affairs director for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “However, using Tow to Go is a great option for people who find themselves – or their friends – in need of a safe way home.”
Tow to Go will run from Friday, Aug. 31, through Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 a.m. and is available by calling (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. The following guidelines apply:
|Tow To Go Service Areas ||Phone Number |
|Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only) |
|(855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246 |
“The ‘Tow to Go’ program is a smart option to promote the use of designated drivers and help reduce impaired driving,” said Adam Warrington, vice president, corporate social responsibility at Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to make our roads safer during the holidays.”
- Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 miles
- The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home
- Free and available to AAA members and non-members
- Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions
- Visit AAA.com/TowtoGo for dates and availability throughout 2018
- If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more.
Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in preventing drunk driving and underage drinking and promoting responsible retailing and advertising. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries by nearly 50 percent over the last 10 years. The company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. Each year Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation invest approximately $20 million in donations to charitable organizations that help in local communities. The company also has provided over 76 million cans of emergency drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose. Visit www.AAA.com/foundation for more information.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.4 million members across eleven 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 and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.