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Operation Red Nose gearing up for the holiday season

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Provincial head of Operation Red Nose says it seems people are getting the message about drinking and driving

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The holiday season is almost upon us.

Planning to rock around the Christmas tree with a boozy beverage in hand? Operation Red Nose is launching for another season, and it’s expected to be a busier year than ever.

Chris Wilson is the provincial head of the group and says it seems people are getting the message about the dangers of drinking and driving.

“A lot of people that use Operation Red Nose are young people. Older adults also understand that when you have an alternative like this, they really don’t have a good reason to take a chance anymore.”

“I think in general, people are really starting to understand how the program works — the fact that they get their car home, the fact that their donation goes to a charity right in their community — it’s kind of a win-win for everybody, so I think that’s why it’s getting more popular,” he adds.

Wilson thinks our strict drinking and driving laws in BC have made a difference as well; he says when people are hit in their pocketbooks, they respond.

He says the group is always trying to recruit volunteers, adding the more it has, the more rides it can give in a timely way.

In the past, there have been concerns about insurance, but Wilson that’s not a problem this year.

“The way the Operation Red Nose program works is you’ve always got two volunteers in the car with the client, and ICBC has a really strong blanket insurance policy that covers not only the client’s vehicle and the client’s liability, but also the volunteers’ liabilities. So in terms of how it affects Operation Red Nose, it’s never been a problem and definitely this year it won’t be a problem.”

A team of volunteers drives you and your car home; three will arrive, and one will drive your car as you ride with the two others.

If you want to use the service, dial 1-877-604-NOSE (6673).

Operation Red Nose will be starting November 27th and running each Friday and Saturday before Christmas, as well as New Year’s Eve .

If you’d like to volunteer, click here for details.