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Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 03:19

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - For the 17th straight year, the Automobile Club of Southern California will offer its free Tipsy Tow service for intoxicated drivers during the Fourth of July holiday.

A free tow home of up to seven miles will be available by calling (800) 400-4222 and telling the operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow,'' according to the Auto Club.

The service, which employs regular Auto Club-contracted roadside service companies, is available in 13 Southern California counties. It will be available from 6 p.m. Thursday until 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California, said the key to staying safe is to designate a driver and plan in advance.

"If you do get caught up in a circumstance where you have drunk too much and you don't want to drive or you are a passenger of a vehicle that you think the driver can't drive home safely, then Tipsy Tow is available as a last resort,'' Spring told Video News West.

There are some limitations:

• passengers don't get rides;

• the service is limited to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver; and

• vehicles will only be towed to the driver's residence.

Regular tow service rates apply for any ride longer than seven miles, according to the Auto Club.

More than 175,000 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated in California in 2012, the last year for which results are available, and a recent survey found that 14 percent of motorists admitted to driving at least once in the past year when they felt they were probably over the legal limit, according to the Auto Club.