Safe driving tips from AAA

PHILADELPHIA - December 30, 2011

AAA cautions partygoers against getting behind the wheel after the champagne toast.

According to a recent analysis conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, during the last decade, the years' highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurs on New Year's Day.

To keep roadways safe on New Year's Eve, AAA Mid-Atlantic encourages motorists to avoid the "Three Deadly D's of Driving":

1. Distracted Driving.
2. Drunken or Drugged Driving.
3. Drowsy Driving.

Drive only while drug and alcohol-free, pick a designated driver for the evening, plan to take a cab or stay with a friend.

Please encourage family and friends to pick a designated driver before they head out on New Year's Eve.

AAA also offers a link to a list of "Sober Ride" programs by state. These programs offer rides to intoxicated patrons (generally for a fee).

AAA Mid-Atlantic has been receiving inquiries about the availability of programs to prevent impaired driving for New Year's Eve.

A lot of information is being shared through social networking about the "Tipsy Tow" program. AAA Mid-Atlantic would like make everyone aware that the "Tipsy Tow" program is not a nationwide program and is not available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware.

AAA has provided additional information and resources to help make 2012 a happy and safe New Year.

AAA encourages everyone to be safe and avoid impaired driving.

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