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Updated Dec 31, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Triple-A offering safe New Year's Eve tow service

PHOENIX -- With New Year's celebrations happening all across the state, AAA Arizona wants drivers to have a plan to get home safely.

If plans of a designated driver or cab ride home don't pan out, "Tipsy Tow" can help.

"You get a free tow and ride home, up to 10 miles, and we will take, you, your vehicle and one passenger," said Michelle Donati with AAA Arizona, adding that a tow fee applies for distances over 10 miles.

The free program is available across the entire state and begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. and runs through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Donati said AAA does not accept reservations and is just trying to help everyone make it home safely.

"We want you to have a plan in place to celebrate responsibly and that plan should include a designated driver or a safe way to get home, but if that plan does fall through, that's why AAA offers Tipsy Tow service."

The free tow and ride home will take you home or to a hotel, said Donati.

"We will not be towing you to another drinking establishment or another party," she added. "Tipsy Tow is not a party bus."

The service does not require AAA membership and is not meant to be used as road side assistance. However, if you are a AAA member and do need a road side assistance service, then your call will be strictly for that, not a free ride home.

To call for a ride, dial (800) AAA- HELP or (800) 222-4357.

About the Author

Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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