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Planning to overindulge this weekend? Consider Tow To Go

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For millions of American adults, the Memorial Day holiday marks the kick off of summer and a time for outdoor activities, backyard barbeques or water sports.  To keep everyone safe this holiday weekend, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing reminds adults to make responsible choices when planning celebrations.

"We want all adults who choose to drink during the Memorial Day weekend to act responsibly." said John Saputo, President / Owner of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.  "That means if you include alcohol in your Memorial Day celebrations, please plan ahead and arrange to use alternate transportation, a designated driver, a cab, or our Tow to Go program to get home safely.  Drunk driving is 100% preventable. We are pleased to participate in this service, and to help do our part in keeping our consumers, our community, and our roads safe.  Our offer to pay the costs associated with transporting impaired individuals and their cars to their destinations leaves no excuse to drink and drive when leaving Memorial Day fun."

Tow to Go has been serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1998.  It was a concept conceived by Mr. Saputo and his staff here in Sarasota. The idea has now been adopted by Anheuser-Busch, AAA and tow companies throughout Florida, Georgia, and the Western two-thirds of Tennessee. Since the program's inception, over 20,000 intoxicated drivers have decided to use Tow to Go versus getting behind the wheel when there was a question of sobriety.

If you would like to use the Tow to Go program during the Memorial Day  weekend, the number to call (855) 286-9246.  The program is available May 24th through May 27th.  The service is free and there is not a catch.  Those using the service remain anonymous.  

 

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