AAA to Offer Free Towing Service to Impaired Drivers for July 4th Holiday

In an effort to help drivers celebrate the nation’s birthday safely, AAA-Alabama will again be offering “Tow-for-Life” services this year across the state. “Tow-for-Life” utilizes AAA-Alabama contracted wrecker services and will be able to tow impaired drivers up to 10 miles for free between 6:00 p.m. Thursday night and 11:59 p.m. on Friday.  The program is in it’s 24th year of operation and this will be the third time it is offered for the Fourth of July holiday.

“This is a very dangerous time of year to be on the roads,” AAA-Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram said. “We want to do everything possible to prevent people from drinking and driving, and this service should certainly help keep impaired drivers off the roads.”

The service is available to people regardless of whether they are current AAA members but vehicles must be operational to quality for free towing. Charges may be assessed for distances longer than 10 miles.

How it works:

  • Call AAA-Alabama at 1-800-222-4357 (1-800-AAA-HELP) and ask for Tow-for-Life.
  • Provide the operator with the driver’s name, home address, telephone number and the exact location of the vehicle in order to have a tow truck dispatched
  • Upon arrival, the driver of the tow truck will ask for identification and the keys to the vehicle.

This program will also exist in other states, including: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Hawaii, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, New Mexico and southern California.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than 630 people were killed in automobile crashes on July 4th from 2008 through 2012.