Planning on 'Tipsy Tow' for New Year's Eve? Not in Wellesley

Programs offering free rides in some areas are not available in the state.

You may have seen it on Facebook.

"No excuses, folks. Don't drink and drive-and don't ride with anybody who does. Tipsy Tow offered by AAA: You don't have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year's Eve/Day they will take your drunk self and your car home for FREE. Save this number... 1-800-222-4357. Please re-post this if you don't mind"

The message went viral this week, posted on Facebook pages and shared on sites across the country.

The problem is, the service is not available in all areas. In fact, according to the AAA website, clubs in only 17 states are offering the free rides home. The site lists Merrimack Valley as having the program, but no where else in Massachusetts.

An additional "AAA Justice Link" website lists outside resources aimed at reducing drunk driving, including cab companies and private organizations that will give you a lift in your own car. Although, Massachusetts has a few such programs like Safe Ride Solutions in Boston and Foxborough.

So if you plan to drink this New Year's Eve, remember to secure your own safe ride home beforeheading out.


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