T.O.W.E.D. aims to eliminate holiday drunk driving

drunk driving From Dec. 18 through Jan. 1, Washington tow truck operators are participating in a nationwide campaign called T.O.W.E.D. (Towing Operators Working to Eliminate Drunk Driving).
   They offer a free ride home to those individuals who have over-indulged at a holiday party, local bar, or other occasion. And their vehicle goes with them.
   Anyone wishing a tow home can simply call 1-800-439-8196 or 206-432-8196 and get T.O.W.E.D. for free.
   "We do this program not because we condone excessive drinking," said Joe Porcello from Professional Towing Inc. and Chairman of the Washington State program, "but because we want to offer a positive alternative for people to avoid hurting themselves and others by driving drunk. There is no charge, no hassles, and no questions, except their address, so that we can take them home safely."
   More than 1,500 towing operators across the United States and Canada offer the service.
   T.O.W.E.D. has safely towed more than 110,000 vehicles and their drivers home in the years since the program began.
   Its success has earned national acclaim, including the "President's Citation Program for Private Sector Initiatives" by President George Bush and the Certificate of Excellence as one of the top community service programs in the United States.
   T.O.W.E.D. is a nationwide campaign. In 1994, Washington State led the nation in number of participating tow companies. More than 130 tow truck operators statewide participated in the program. It is expected that 1995 will achieve similar results.