February 01, 2018|
AAA URGES MICHIGAN MOTORISTS TO SCORE BIG WITH DRUNK DRIVING PREVENTION PLEDGE AND PARTY PLANNING
Everyone Wins When Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths are Eliminated
Dearborn, Michigan (February 1, 2018) — According to a AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey of Michigan residents, nearly 50% of the people surveyed indicated that impaired drivers are one of their top concerns when driving. AAA urges Michigan motorists to score big by kicking off their football party plans with AAA Traffic Safety Touchdown check points for helping make celebrations safe:
- < >ONLINE PLEDGE to drive safe and sober on Super Bowl Sunday and throughout the year.
- < >for Safer Celebrations
- Always drive safe and sober.
- Designate an alcohol and other drug-free driver before the party starts.
- Call a cab or plan to stay the night if you have had too much to drink.
- Never ride in a car with someone who is intoxicated.
- Report impaired drivers to local law enforcement immediately.
- None for the road. One drink can be one too many. Learn more about the EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON DRIVING and AAA’s efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related injuries and deaths.
- Be a responsible host.
- Provide a variety of alcohol-free beverages. Download the GREAT PRETENDERS PARTY GUIDEcontaining delicious alcohol-free drink and tasty appetizer recipes.
- Serve protein-rich, starchy foods.
- Slow down the drinking rate by providing activities, party games, lively talk and good food.
- Refrain from making alcohol the main focus of your party.
- Make sure your guests don’t feel pressured to drink alcohol.
- Never serve alcohol to underage guests.
- Refrain from having guests mix their own drinks.
- Choose a reliable “bartender” to help keep track of size and number of drinks guests consume.
- Remove alcoholic drinks toward the end of the party and surprise your guests with a coffee, tea and dessert buffet.
- Watch for over-indulgers and make sure they have a safe ride home or stay the night.
- < >Free confidential ride available to AAA members and non-members in Michigan during this weekend from Friday, Feb 3rd until 6am on Sunday, Feb 6th
- Call Toll-Free (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
- The AAA tow truck transportsthe vehicle and driver home or somewhere safe within 10 miles
TOW TO GO Guidelines
- Tow trucks can usually transport up to two people in the cab of the truck. If there are more people in a party, other arrangements will need to be made to get them home safely.
- Appointments cannot be made to use TOW TO GO. It is designed as a safety net for those that did not plan ahead. A Designated Driver should be chosen before the drinking begins.
- In some situations, AAA may need to make other arrangements to get an impaired individual a safe ride home.
- TOW TO GO may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions.
“Whether Michiganders are rooting for the Eagles or the Patriots on Sunday, everyone wins big when alcohol and other drug-related traffic deaths and injuries are reduced and eliminated, said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director for AAA – The Auto Club Group. AAA urges motorists to help keep this year’s traffic fatality score at zero on Super Bowl Sunday and throughout the year. We can all do our part to ensure a safe ride home for everyone every day.”
AAA urges all media outlets to help spread the safety message through their news programs, websites and social media platforms. All of the information and web links listed above can be shared.
The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among drivers living in Michigan from February 17, 2017 – March 01, 2017. A total of 405 residents completed the survey. Results have a margin of error of ± 4.9 percentage points. Responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+).
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG). Like us on Facebook and Connect with us on LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel 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. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
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 approximately 9 million members across 11 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 nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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.
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