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Too Much Tippling on New Year's Eve? Take a Tipsy Tow!

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Party people, if your New Year's Eve finds you too tipsy to drive, The Automobile Club of Southern California will be able to get you home for free. Once again, the Auto Club is offering their Tipsy Tow community service, which is available in the 13 Southern California counties they serve.

In its 16th year, Tipsy Tow is the service that provides free rides and tows to anyone who is too inebriated to get behind the wheel. The Auto Club says they'll give "motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver," a free tow home for a distance of up to seven miles. All those in need of the ride have to do is call 1-800-400-4AAA and tell the operator "I need a Tipsy Tow." What's nice is your car rides along with you.

Tipsy Tows will be available from 6 p.m. on Monday, December 31, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

There are a few restrictions: No rides for passengers, you get only a one-way and one-time lift, and the destination can only be the driver's residence. You can't book the tow in advance, and if you're headed over seven miles, expect to pay for the balance of the trip.

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Don't forget, if your New Year's Eve celebration can be reached by Metro, take advantage of their gracious offer of free rides on buses and trains from 9 p.m. Monday night to 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. Plus, Metro rail will run all night on New Year's Eve.