Free towing offered to prevent holiday drunk driving

Cones and webbing already are in place in preparation for the July Fourth fireworks show on the city's bay front about 9 p.m. today. The fireworks are sponsored by Suncoast Charities for Children. Photo by Norman Schimmel

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is reminding July Fourth celebrants not only to avoid setting off illegal fireworks, but to drive safely and not get behind the wheel if they’ve had too much to drink.

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing is sponsoring the Tow to Go program from AAA from July 4 to July 7. The program provides a free towing service and a ride home to prevent drunk driving. Drivers who would like to use the program may call 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357).