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AAA's Tipsy Tow service will begin at 6 p.m., this Friday, Aug. 31 and run until 2 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4. Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers in need of a Tipsy Tow can call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357).They will simply need to state that they need a Tipsy Tow and provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location. The free service is open to AAA members and non-members alike in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 15 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home.

Last year over the 78-hour Labor Day holiday period in South Dakota, 55 people were killed or injured in 6 alcohol-related crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. As a result, AAA is challenging drivers to pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

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