Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

AAA, Bud Light offer Tow to Go program for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is no doubt a concern for those of us who plan to be on the road in the evening. The usual cautionary reminders about not drinking and driving, designating a sober driver for your group and noting that law enforcement will be in full force keeping the roads safe are appropriate here as is a word of thanks to the folks at AAA and Bud Light. The partnership between the two provides an option of last resort for those who find themselves in no condition to drive and with no other means of getting to a safe place. The Tow to Go program, which AAA says has removed more than 20,000 drunken drivers from Florida, Georgia and Tennessee roads since the program began in 1998, provides any driver, AAA member or not, a safe ride home .

Twenty thousand drunken drivers is a staggering number — nearly double the population of Gulfport, just to put it into context. The tragedies that have been averted by the provision of a no-questions-asked free ride home are unimaginable. The Doc's hat is off to the nonprofit AAA Traffic Safety Foundation and Bud Light for funding the program. The key points are that the service provides a confidential ride and tow of your vehicle home from any bar or restaurant free of charge to motorists who may have had too much to drink. Participating tow trucks can take up to two people home if needed, but this isn't a limo service. Tow to Go doesn't take reservations; it should be an absolute last resort phone call. The number to call is (855) 286-9246

Barricade watch

Most scheduled road construction has been suspended during the holidays and will resume Wednesday. Here is a look at work that is coming up and updates on what is wrapping up in 2013:

• Milling and resurfacing of the road will affect 86th Avenue N from 98th Street N to Starkey Road from Wednesday through sometime Friday. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and delays and watch for flagging personnel in the road.

• For seasonal residents who have contacted the Doc to inquire about the Pinellas Bayway replacement project, the work is continuing on schedule and is expected to be completed in October 2014

• Bridge replacement work that began this month at 112th Avenue from Gulf Boulevard to First Street E in Treasure Island will be ongoing through August. Motorists should be prepared for lane closures and delays.

• Intersection modification work at Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard from U.S. 19 N to the Clearwater Mall entrance is estimated to be completed around the end of 2013. The bulk of the work will be done overnight with lane closures in effect Mondays through Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

• Road improvements and construction of a new segment of the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail at Keystone Road from U.S. 19 to East Lake Road are scheduled to wrap up in April.

Until next week, happy and safe motoring and Happy New Year, all.

Email Dr. Delay at [email protected] or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

AAA, Bud Light offer Tow to Go program for New Year's Eve 12/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Conor Oberst, Johnnyswim concerts moved out of State Theatre over construction issues

    Blogs

    Two more concerts -- including one this weekend -- have been moved out of the State Theatre in St. Petersburg as the venue continues to experience scaled-down crowd capacity following recent construction.

    Johnnyswim
  2. Hillsborough board to vote on new school start times

    K12

    TAMPA — The big issue at today's Hillsborough County School Board meeting will be the 2018-19 bell schedule. To save money and get students to school on time, …

    Hillsborough County School Board members tried to work out their differences at a training day in Temple Terrace on Oct. 11. Today, they will vote on revised school start times for 2018-19. [COLLEEN WRIGHT | Times]
  3. McCain condemns 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' in clear shot at Trump (w/video)

    National

    PHILADELPHIA — An emotional Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., launched a thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump's global stewardship Monday night, using a notable award ceremony to condemn "people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems."

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, accompanied by Chair of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees, former Vice President Joe Biden, waves as he takes the stage before receiving the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. [Associated Press]
  4. Tampa could pay $200,000 to family of man crushed by city front-end loader

    Local Government

    TAMPA — City Hall could pay $200,000 to the family of a dump truck driver crushed last December by a front-end loader operated by a city employee.

    This aerial image from 10News WTSP shows the scene at a city of Tampa loading station where dump truck driver Pablo R. Femenias was crushed by a front end loader driven by a city employee on Dec. 28, 2016.
  5. How fast is too fast to raise the minimum wage? St. Pete might be about to find out

    Local Government

    Say this about St. Petersburg's City Council members:

    Their hearts are in the right place.

    It's their math that's askew.