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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — For the 15th consecutive year, AAA will offer its free Tipsy Tow service in hopes of keeping drunken drivers off the road.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa Reports

The program will be available to drunk drivers in the 13 counties served by the Auto Club of Southern California until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver can call (800) 400-4AAA for a free tow to the driver’s home of up to seven miles.

Callers are asked to inform the operator they want a Tipsy Tow.

The service does not include rides for passengers and is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver.

Those traveling beyond seven miles will be expected to pay the normal rate charged by a tow truck operator.

A first-time drunken driving conviction can cost $12,176 or more in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs, according to Auto Club officials.

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