New Option to Keep Intoxicated People from Driving
“Tipsy Tow” gets you and your car home
ANCHORAGE - Law enforcement is stepping up its drunk-driving patrols for the holidays, so smart drinkers will make sure they have a designated driver.
There's also the "Off the Road" option – the program that takes would-be drunken drivers and their vehicles home safely, for free.
It’s available year-round, a new program has just started this weekend: Anchorage restaurant and bar owners will be offering the holiday version, called “Tipsy Tow,' which will be available until the end of the year.
"Tipsy Tow" is designed to reduce drunken driving, and it's sponsored by the Anchorage Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, or "CHARR."
The new service will tow your vehicle home while you ride along in the cab with the tow truck driver.
“We've worked very hard to get the word out that it’s much cheaper to take a cab, it's safer for everyone involved, than it is to get a DWI. The expenses are tremendous,” said Darwin Biwer, owner of Downtown bar Darwin’s Theory and a member of Anchorage CHARR.
Both Triple A and Vulcan Towing are working with more than 150 restaurants, hotels, and bars that are part of Anchorage CHARR.
Again, while the "Off the Road" taxi program runs year-round, the "Tipsy Tow" service runs through January 1.