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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Why aren't services like "Tipsy Tow" offered on a regular basis?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23288 points ) December 28th, 2011

AAA offers a free service (to members and non-members) offering to drive people home, if they have been drinking alcohol. Tipsy Tow seems to only be available on major drinking holidays.
We have charitable services for lots of other reasons, why hasn’t something like this become more widespread? Do you think it ever will?

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zenvelo's avatar

AAA does this as a community service. But they are not a free taxi service for people and their cars so people can go out drinking.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@zenvelo I understand that, and I’m not suggesting that I think AAA should be responsible for making such a service available at all times. But, with the staggering numbers of MVAs related to drinking and driving, you’d think someone would offer a service like this more often than just major drinking holidays.
Apparently, as @bkcunningham pointed out, there is such a thing. I would love to see it heavily advertised, recommended.. it should be big news. I would certainly donate to a service like this, thinking of the lives that could be saved.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I am thinking over @zenvelo‘s point. Cab companies would probably lose their minds at the perceived loss of income.

bkcunningham's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf, there are actually people who have franchised Designated Drivers as a business. There is also this I found that is a good idea: https://www.roadangels.com/pages/27-smart-way-to-party

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I wonder if it would be as functional as a pay service. I think it’s a great idea to offer DDs, whatever the circumstances, though.

bkcunningham's avatar

The sad thing to me is that there are people who would still drink and drive if they had a DD available on speed dial 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

I have seen signs in bars offering free DD services when it wasn’t a holiday with increased traffic and increased drinking.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@bkcunningham I feel the same way. That’s really part of my question, I suppose. Why aren’t we making a bigger deal out of the fact that these services are available? I know people who wouldn’t utilize such a service, even if they needed it more than anyone.. but I also know lots of people who most likely would if they knew it was available.

WestRiverrat's avatar

There are some places where this is available all year, but not for free. I assume it has to do with supply and demand. Where it remains profitable they do it all year, where it isn’t they only hit the high points so to speak.

zenvelo's avatar

On a side note, I heard on the Freakanomics segment of Market Place on Amercian Public Media, that drunk walking is much more deadly for the drinker than drunk driving.

But drunk walkers only kill themselves, not other people.

bkcunningham's avatar

It may have to do with what you read @ANef_is_Enuf. I didn’t realize that Mothers Against Drunk Drivers had teamed up with certain NFL teams to promote DD until I looked up DD organizations for your question. There’s another campaign, the Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers, I’d heard nothing about. It is celebrating a ten year anniversary.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I had plans to do some drunk walking on NYE. Now I’m nervous. lol.

jonsblond's avatar

A college student left a frat house in our area last year and walked right onto a busy street and was killed by an oncoming car. The girl was very drunk. sad :(

judochop's avatar

There is where I live. There are a few services. They have been active for about ten years.

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