AAA will offer free rides, towing over Labor Day holiday

Posted at 10:48 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 12:48:36-04

BILLINGS – Labor Day is often the last hurrah of summer, which means some are inclined to overindulge.

The automotive group AAA will again offer its Tipsy Tow service for the Labor Day holiday, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, and running through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The group will offer a free ride and vehicle tow within 10 miles to anyone in need. Further than 10 miles, and a standard towing rate will be charged.

“As Montanans enjoy summer’s last hurrah, AAA wants to discourage anyone from getting behind the wheel if they have been drinking,” said Michelle Donati, spokeswoman for AAA Montana. “Tipsy Tow provides a simple solution for getting motorists home safely while making the roads safer for everyone."

The service will be available in the following Montana communities:

  • Helena (includes East Helena & Montana City)
  • Kalispell
  • Whitefish
  • Livingston
  • Missoula
  • Billings
  • Bozeman (includes Belgrade)
  • Hamilton
  • Polson

To use the service, drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, restaurant managers or anyone who wants to ensure a safe ride home for an intoxicated motorist should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) during the service period and state that they need a Tipsy Tow.

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.

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.