Tipsy Tow
December 31, 2005 4:00 PM   Subscribe

AAA of Northern California will give you a ride home, and tow your car for free tonight. Good in Norcal, Utah and Nevada. Have a safe one all.
posted by bitdamaged (20 comments total)
Of forgot to mention it's open to anyone members or not.
posted by bitdamaged at 4:02 PM on December 31, 2005

Just drove back from Rohnert Park to Santa Clara. While I didn't see the worst of it, Petaluma looked a lot worse than usual. (For example, I witnessed a golf course turn into a lake.)

I second the "have a safe one all."
posted by betheon at 4:13 PM on December 31, 2005

bitdamaged, your link's damaged. It takes me back to the AAA homepage.

Here's a news link to the Northern California program. But the SoCal Auto Club is doing it too, and this isn't their first year. In fact, if you Google News for 'tipsy tow', there are programs in Texas, South Dakota and elsewhere...
posted by wendell at 4:17 PM on December 31, 2005

We need a similar service to keep people from posting drunk. If you're tipsy, a little helper will come take the mouse of your hand, make you drink a bunch of water, and tuck you into bed.

posted by scarabic at 4:27 PM on December 31, 2005

Okay, I'm dumb. I thought this post was in reference to the Northern California flooding. Ignore me.
posted by betheon at 4:30 PM on December 31, 2005

AAA New Mexico is doing the same thing for tonight.

Happy New Year, y'all.
posted by Qubit at 4:39 PM on December 31, 2005

Its rookie night, best to stay in and toast amongst friends. But I'm down for safe trips home for everyone in any case, good on the AAA.
posted by fenriq at 4:44 PM on December 31, 2005

I'm not sure if it's happening in my town, but at least the buses are free tonight.

posted by evilcolonel at 6:18 PM on December 31, 2005

I live in Washington so its me vs. Johnnie Law tonight. Live fast, die at age around 38 or so! Is my motto!
posted by grumdrig at 6:59 PM on December 31, 2005

If you're going out tonight to celebrate, I won't pray for you if it would offend you -- but I'll hope you have a blast and return safely to those you love.

Here, I'll be listening to the noises outside my apartment and trying to figure out which ones are assholes bustin' caps and which are merely innocent fireworks -- it's that kind of neighborhood.
posted by alumshubby at 7:03 PM on December 31, 2005

Happy New Year everyone. Also, if you have been drinking, please, please do not drive. For the sake of the people on foot and bicycles, at the very least. Force equals mass times acceleration, remember.
posted by sindark at 7:36 PM on December 31, 2005

I took a cab home last night, which was great, except that the cab had the overwelming stench of vomit in it ... so,

Its important to take the ride if you need it, but please... no puking.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:44 PM on December 31, 2005

No drinkie for me.

Workie for me.

Although I did spring for a couple of bottles of sparkling cider and plastic cups to share with any other of the poor S.O.B.'s here who had too much integrity to bail out early.
posted by Samizdata at 7:57 PM on December 31, 2005

And no go in Illinois, either.
posted by Samizdata at 8:20 PM on December 31, 2005

Well, last night I did the safe thing and took a cab home. A moot point really, considering I don't have a car, and Beijing cabs cost next to nothing.

Except it wasn't really the safe thing, since nobody I was with was anything more than tipsy, and our cabbie was hammered, sluring his words as he praised Chairman Mao and weaved erratically between lanes.
posted by [expletive deleted] at 11:17 PM on December 31, 2005

Fuck, I'm in SoCal. Time to drive drunk!

/me stayed home this year. No driving :)
posted by starscream at 1:20 AM on January 1, 2006

Utah? I didn't think anyone drank in Utah. Last time I went to SLC on business, we had to bring our own booze. That was in the pre-9/11 days when you could carry a flask on the plane.
posted by skeeter1 at 1:51 AM on January 1, 2006

"Norcal"? Like "Frisco", no one living there calls it that...
posted by lathrop at 7:10 AM on January 1, 2006

This is nice.

In my hometown, they have a volunteer service where, if you call them, two volunteers will drive to wherever you are, and one will drive you home in your car, and the other follows along to pick the first up and then both of them continue onto the next pick-up. I suspect this wouldn't work as well in larger cities, as the main website seems to indicate it's mostly in mid sized towns.

It gives non-partying people something to do on New Years Eve (they run it for some of the Friday's and Saturdays around Christmas, for general holiday parties, as well, but NYE is definitely the big night), and helps keep everyone safe. At least in BC, the liability issues are covered off by the fact that everyone has government provided auto-insurance, and the government auto-insurance company is the one that coordinates the program, so they, presumably, write themselves their own insurance coverage.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:33 AM on January 1, 2006

Meanwhile, in Metro Detroit, MADD has decided that this year we're on our own if we don't have the personality responsibility required to stay sober.
posted by Oriole Adams at 10:53 AM on January 1, 2006

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