News Driving Tips

Add Article to My Briefcase Print Friendly Version

March 16, 2018
NO BLARNEY WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTING DRUNK DRIVING

AAA IN MICHIGAN REPORTS:

 

14% of Total Traffic Fatalities in Michigan were Alcohol-related

on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

 

Broadcast Quality B-Roll (click here)

 

Dearborn, Michigan (March 16, 2018) — AAA Michigan is sending out a statewide SHAMROCK SAFETY ALERT urging motorists to take extra care to help make their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations safe. This year, St. Patrick’s Day lands on Friday and the start of the weekend. The risks for impaired driving are higher as many establishments will be promoting the holiday throughout the entire weekend with many promotions kicking off in the early morning hours and continuing until the 2am closing time. According to the most recent available Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center?statistical reports from 2017:

 

 

 

  • Nearly 6% of total car crashes in Michigan were alcohol-related on St. Patrick’s Day weekend (Mar 17- Mar 19).

 

 

 

  • 14% of the total traffic fatalities in Michigan on Mar 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) Mar 18 and Mar 19 were alcohol-related.

 

AAA Michigan offers these Seven Lucky Steps to a Safer St. Patrick’s Day:

 

 

 

St. Patricks’ Day and throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

  1. Always drive safe and sober. Take the pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free on

    • Designate an alcohol and other drug-free driver before the party starts.

    • Be a responsible host.

  •  

     

      • Provide a variety of alcohol-free beverages.

Click HERE to download a copy of the Great Pretenders party guide with tips on safe celebrations along with delicious appetizer and alcohol-free drink 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.

 

 

  1. Use the TOW TO GO program in Michigan offered by AAA in partnership with Budweiser. These are the guidelines:

  •  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246 March 16 through March 18 at 6am for a confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 miles

      • The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home

      • Free and available to AAA members and non-members

      • Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions

 

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 25,000 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. The program 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.

 

"The Tow to Go program saves lives," said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. "This year marks the 20th anniversary of AAA’s partnership with Anheuser-Busch, and together we have built a unique program that provides safe rides home to hundreds of drivers every year."

 

"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."

Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been cosponsors of the program since its 1998 inception, provided funding for the service and worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.

OR

Call a cab, Uber, Lyft or plan to stay the night if you have had too much to drink.

 

 

  • Use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) SaferRide app to help keep drunk drivers off the roads. It allows users to call a taxi or a friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.

  •  

     

      •  

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Never ride in a car with someone who is intoxicated.

    • Report impaired drivers to local law enforcement immediately.
  1. 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.

"It takes more than the luck of the Irish to help reduce and eliminate alcohol-related crashes and fatalities in Michigan, said Susan Hiltz, AAA Michigan’s public affairs director. AAA urges Michigan motorists to plan ahead and do their part as an individual, friend or host to insure a safe ride home for everyone."

 

*Media outlets are encouraged to share the information and web links in this release with their audiences via available on-air, online and social media platforms.

 

AAA’s traffic-related information is based on preliminary 2017 Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center?statistical reports.

 

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). Connect with us on Facebook and 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 9.5 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 58 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.

 

?

Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation(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.

Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in preventing drunk driving and underage drinking and promoting responsible retailing and advertising. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries by nearly 50 percent over the last 10 years. The company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. Each year Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation invest approximately $20 million in donations to charitable organizations that help in local communities. The company also has provided over 76 million cans of emergency drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.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.


< back

Related Assets 


Other articles in Driving Tips: