In his 50 years in the towing business in Bradenton, Fla., Steve White has seen more horrific accidents than he'd care to remember, but there are some he can't forget. One was the night he showed up after two teenage boys had been drinking and got behind the wheel. Their cars crashed into one another, killing one boy and changing the other's life forever. "The families showed up at the scene, and I realized I knew both kids," White recalls. Such tragedies are why White started offering free tows and rides to intoxicated drivers in his town some 30 years ago -- efforts that eventually led to a multi-state program called Tow to Go, produced by The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Bud Light. The program offers free rides home to intoxicated drivers, regardless of whether they're AAA members, and free tows for their vehicles on certain holidays, including New Year's Eve. The local AAA got wind of the idea because White kept bugging his AAA representative about it. Then a friend, another AAA towing contractor, mentioned it to a Budweiser representative while playing golf. The then-AAA Auto Club South soon teamed up with Bud Light. Now going into its 16th year, Tow to Go operates on major holidays in Florida, Georgia and western and middle Tennessee. Although not available everywhere, similar programs have sprung up independently through AAA clubs in other parts of the country. AAA Northern California, for instance, offers the Tipsy Tow program in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. AAA Alabama offers Tow-for-Life. (See a list of participating AAA clubs.)
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