To help keep drinkers out of the paddy wagon on St. Patrick's Day, AAA Utah is offering to take them and their car home for free.
It is offering its free "tipsy tow" program from 6 p.m. on Monday, St. Patrick's Day, until 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Anyone can call 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free tow home of up to 10 miles.
"Many people enjoy getting into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, which tends to involve plenty of celebrating," said Rolayne Fairclough, spokeswoman for AAA. "If you've been drinking alcohol, don't get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we'll make sure you get home safely."
AAA estimates that a first-time drunken driving conviction can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and added insurance expenses.