Tipsy on Fourth of July? Get a Free Tow

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    Independence Day revelers can party knowing there's a free ride waiting for them if they drink too much.

    Even if you're not a member, auto club AAA will tow you and your car home -- free up to seven miles -- starting 6 p.m. Wednesday until 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

    To request a Tipsy Tow, call 1-800-400-4AAA and tell the operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow."

    Note, the free pick up excludes rides for passengers, is good for a one-way, one-time ride home, and reservations are not accepted.

    Some 25,000 Californians were killed or hurt in alcohol-related crashes in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, according to AAA.

    In 2011, more than 182,600 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

    AAA estimates a first-time DUI conviction in California could cost a driver nearly $15,700 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

    Tipsy Tow is also available on New Year’s Eve.