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No one needs the luck of the Irish for a free ride home from St. Patrick's Day celebrations if they've had a pint too many. AAA Utah is offering to take drinkers and their cars home without charge.
The company will offer free rides to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Drivers may call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free ride home of up to 10 miles by telling the operator they need a "tipsy tow."
"The Tipsy Tow program is a service to the community by AAA to keep roads safe during the year," said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokesperson. "St. Patrick's Day is a perfect time to offer Tipsy Tow because so many enjoy getting into the spirit of the holiday,"
The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If additional passengers need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.
AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction in Utah can cost more than $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and added insurance expenses.