24 August 2011




Joanna Newton, Tow to Go Program Manager,
AAA Auto Club South, (813) 289-5859 office, 
(813) 787-6886 cell, JNewton@AAASouth.com

Mandy Llanes, Southeast Region Director, Consumer Awareness & Education, Anheuser-Busch Companies, (305)323-9737 cell 

Jessica Brady, spokesperson, AAA Auto Club South,
(813) 288-7294 office, (813) 532-5327 cell, JBrady@AAASouth.com



Tow to Go provides FREE rides and tows to intoxicated drivers and their vehicles throughout the Labor Day holiday

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2011) – AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser will help protect roadways throughout the Labor Day weekend with the Tow to Go program. Tow to Go has safely removed more than 14,000 drunk drivers off roadways since the program began in 1998. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a Tow to Go ride, Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5.

Tow to Go provides a confidential ride and tow home from any bar or restaurant—free of charge—to anyone who may have had too much to drink by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP (4357). Services are offered throughout all of Florida, Georgia, and West and Middle Tennessee.

“Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer and with so many people enjoying barbecues or going out to restaurants, it means many could be drinking,” said Joanna Newton, Tow to Go program manager, AAA Auto Club South. “Don’t wait until a few drinks into your evening to decide how you are going to get home. Have a plan in place for a designated driver or cab before you have your first drink, so you can have a good time and know that everyone will make it home safely.”

“Our country was built by the many men and women who make up our workforce,” said Kathy Casso, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, Anheuser-Busch. “As we celebrate the Labor Day weekend, let’s not forget the hard-working AAA service technicians who provide rides home from Tow to Go to help keep our roads safe for our families and friends.”

AAA and Budweiser encourage individuals to plan for a safe celebration by being or choosing a designated driver, or calling Tow to Go for a safe ride home, rather than allow anyone to drive whose sobriety is in question.

What to expect if you are at a bar or restaurant and need Tow to Go:

  • Call 1-800-222-4357 and tell the operator this is a call for Tow to Go service
  • Operator will ask for your first name and the address of your location
  • Expect a AAA tow truck service technician to come into the establishment and ask for you
  • AAA service technician will then collect your keys and load your vehicle while you wait inside the establishment
  • AAA Service Technician will then take you and your vehicle home safely—no questions asked

AAA Auto Club South is the third largest affiliate of AAA, with 78 branch offices serving 4.1 million members in Florida, Georgia, West and Middle Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. Since its founding in 1938, AAA Auto Club South has worked to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve travel safety.


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