It’s being billed as the “Tipsy Tow” program. Arnie’s 24-Hour Towing of Charlton, is offering to tow the cars of people who find they’ve had too much to drink on New Years Eve at a heavily reduced rate. James Rolfe is the Operations Manager for the towing company. He says the deal is open to people in the towns of Oxford and Charlton.
“We’ll dispatch a tow truck which will take the vehicle and up to six passengers to one location, either in-town or the next town over.”
Rolfe says a similar concept is used in other states, but this is the first time his company has offered the program. He says the company’s drivers are volunteering their time on New Years Eve in large part to keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.
“It’s very important because a lot of innocent people are the ones who pay the price in the end. So that’s why we’ve kind of designed this and adopted this program in Oxford.”
In Springfield, the Yellow Cab Company is offering free rides home to revelers over the age of 21 with a valid drivers license. Those taking part in the service will be dropped off at the address on their license. Triple-A is also sponsoring a ride program on New Years Eve in Hartford. Free rides of up to 10 miles will be provided. State Police in Massachusetts and Connecticut say they will have increased patrols on the roads on December 31st. In Connecticut last New Years Eve, State Troopers made 44 drunk-driving arrests.