AAA and Budweiser Launch Tow To Go in Wausau
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MADISON, Wisc. (August 30, 2017) – Traffic fatalities in Wisconsin jumped 6 percent from 2015 to 2017, with impaired driving a top contributing factor. To help remove impaired drivers from area roadways, AAA and Budweiser are launching Tow to Go in Wausau for Labor Day Weekend. Those needing a safe way home can call 855-2TOW2GO or 855-286-9246 anytime this Friday, September 1st through 6am Tuesday morning, September 5th. The following guidelines apply:
AAA and Budweiser urge everyone to plan ahead if they will be celebrating with alcohol. This means choosing a designated driver, calling a cab, staying where you are celebrating or finding another safe way home like the Tow to Go program. If you are hosting a holiday party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more.
- Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 miles
- Free and available to AAA members and non-members
- The AAA service vehicle transports the driver and their car
- Tow To Go is only provided in select areas: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only), and Wisconsin (Wausau)
- Visit www.AAA.com/TowtoGo for additional dates and availability throughout 2017
“As the motorist’s most trusted advocate, AAA has pioneered programs designed to prevent crashes, reduce injuries and save lives on our roadways,” said Nick Jarmusz, Wisconsin director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Tow to Go is an innovative program that does just that by reducing impaired driving, and we are very excited to bring this life saving program to Wausau.”
“I would like to commend AAA and Budweiser for implementing the Tow to Go Program here in Wausau,” said Deputy Chief Benjamin Bliven of the Wausau Police Department. “The program’s mission of discouraging drinking and driving is another way we can prevent impaired driving in our city.”
“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Katja Zastrow, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”
Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and Midwest. It is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides Tow to Go to help keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.
Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been cosponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.
For nearly three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its nationwide network of 600 wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information on these efforts and the progress being made in fighting underage drinking and drunk driving, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose. Visit www.AAA.com/foundation for more information.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.