[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]I[/dropcap]n an sudden turn of events, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has decided to temporarily offer its “Tipsy Tow” service to those in need on 420. The Tipsy Tow service gives inebriated drivers a free “ride” for a short distance.
Tipsy Tow is normally offered on major holidays, which according to the AAA website, includes Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Essentially, anyone can call 1-800-222-4357 for a Tipsy Tow—you don’t have to pay for the annual AAA membership to take advantage of the service. However it is limited, which means that the tow must be within 10 miles of your present location, and is only offered in specific states on the western side of the country.
AAA has made an exception to their original Tipsy Tow schedule, making the service available between 4:20 p.m. on April 20 and 4:20 a.m. on April 21. This is surprising, since AAA has in the past expressed its opposition to cannabis strictly in worrying about the dangers of driving while under the influence of cannabis.
According to the AAA Northern California Public Policy Manager, John Moreno, it’s all about protecting drivers. “It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking alcohol or using recreational marijuana, there’s never an excuse to drive impaired,” he said. “You should always plan for a safe ride home, but if those plans fall through, AAA will get you and your vehicle home safely on 4/20. We want to keep intoxicated drivers off our roadways, which keeps all of us safer.”
It’s a nice change of pace to see that AAA is finding a way to help protect all drivers on 420. Not only will it save a lot of drivers money in the long run, but it could potentially save lives. “Although a DUI can raise your annual auto insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars for as long as 10 years, the financial cost is nothing compared to the risk of injuring yourself and others,” CSAA Insurance Group Spokesperson Susan Saito told KRCR News. “Impaired driving includes marijuana use, so it’s important to find a safe alternative to getting behind the wheel.”