AAA Carolinas says it will no longer offer its designated driver program this weekend because too many people were abusing it.
Launched last year, the Tow To Go program was meant to help those who accidentally had too much to drink and did not have a safe way to get home. A bartender at a participating restaurant or bar would call AAA, who would then call a tow truck company to pick up the person and their car and take them home.
However, spokesman Tom Crosby said people abused a service meant for emergencies, “What a lot of people did is they planned to go out and drink a lot and have us take them home afterwards,” he told South Carolina Radio Network, “It was predetermined that we were going to be their transportation home.”
He said some people were using the service to travel from party to party to get as drunk as possible without having to drive, “The abuse of the program basically led us to a point where we felt we were maybe encouraging people to drink too much because they would then count on us getting them home.”
Budweiser had partnered with the AAA to pay for the service.
Crosby said AAA is instead asking people to plan ahead with their own designated driver, or make plans for a place to spend the night if they consume too much alcohol.