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Moore County Sheriff’s department, AAA providing safe rides home Nov. 22-25

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

The AAA and Bud Light have partnered once again to help protect motorists on Thanksgiving weekend with the Tow to Go program. The Auto Club Group has provided Tow to Go service for more than 14 years, because it allows AAA to protect the freedom and mobility of motorists on the roadways.

The program’s mission is to discourage an intoxicated driver from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives and safety of other motorists.

“The busiest time for the Tow to Go program is during the upcoming holiday season when more than 70 percent of the call volume is received,” said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “This program is invaluable because it brings attention to the dangers of drinking and driving beyond just giving an intoxicated driver a safe ride home.”

While AAA Tow to Go program has helped safely removed more than 20,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads since its inception in 1998, there’s actually a much easier way for local drivers to make it home safely during the upcoming holidays, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Moore County sheriff Mark Logan said his staff is more than willing to assist anyone who has had too much to drink. And the sheriff’s department will typically do so without question.

“To keep them off the road, we’ve always been willing to give anybody a ride home who calls us,” said Logan. “We have seen holiday accidents that have been very devastating. If we can pick somebody up and give them a ride home, we will be glad to do it.”

Logan said there will be extra deputies on staff this weekend to help with the chore. Even so, many people are reluctant to call. Logan said he hopes that’s not the case if the need arises.

“We are glad to give anybody a ride home that we need to to help keep the road safe,” he said. “If they will just make the phone call, we will go pick them up no questions asked and take them home no questions asked. And we won’t make any other stops. If that will make our highways safe, we will be more than happy to do it.”

As for the AAA service, it is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume. Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been a cosponsor of the program since it began.

“The Tow to Go program is a simple and effective way to help prevent drunk driving,” said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch.

For more information on these efforts and the progress being made in fighting underage drinking and drunk driving, visit <www.anheuser-busch.com>.

For the Tow to Go services, which includes a confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location in Middle Tennessee, call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.

For a safe ride home via the Moore County Sheriff’s Department this weekend, call the department directly at (931) 759-7323.

 

MCN staff

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