H and L Towing and Recovery of Roseville
ROSEVILLE - For drivers who've had too much holiday cheer, a Roseville towing company is offering a no-strings-attached free ride for both car and driver.
"I want all of them to return safely during this time of year," said Dain Lyon, co-owner of H and L Towing and Recovery of Roseville.
Lyon is one of several towing companies in the Sacramento area to offer free rides home for those worried they may be over the legal limit to drive.
"I want to make sure that they don't end up like this," said Lyon, gesturing toward a new Mazda sedan with a crumpled front, adding, "so that they get home safely, that they return to their families."
H and L began offering rides starting on Christmas Eve and will continue the program through 6 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Drivers like Sean Lauren of Roseville are taking advantage.
"DUIs are expensive and I'm a forklift driver so I can't risk it because I go through the DMV for all my certs. So I can't take that risk," Lauren said as his Subaru station wagon was loaded onto a tow truck to be driven a couple of miles to his apartment.
Lauren rode home in the tow truck cab.
For some tow truck drivers, the effort is personal.
"I've lost two friends to drunk driving. My niece just this weekend buried one of her close friends who thought he was OK to drive," said driver Steve Jones.
H and L Towing offers rides within a radius of 10 miles, and they won't take you to another bar or party.
Lyon said he also supports the "tipsy tow" program because it makes the roads safer for his own drivers.
"There's a huge risk to our tow truck drivers being out on the freeway. Especially when they have their lights on and all that," Lyon said.
Lyon said not enough drivers realize the program is out there.
Lauren said he heard about it through a friend, and even though he had had only a few drinks, he knew it was a good idea not to take any chances.
"Take advantage of the resources. Don't drive if you're drunk, it's not worth the risk," he said.