Safe ride home

Operation Red Nose program kicks off Nov. 24 in Williams Lake

Operation Red Nose will once again be providing safe rides home this holiday season in Williams Lake.

In its 10th year locally, Operation Red Nose starts this weekend, Nov. 24, and will be operational Nov. 24th, 25th, Dec. 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and New Year’s Eve.

Program manager Dave Dickson said Operation Red Nose will be run out of the Heartland Toyota dealership, and will see volunteer drivers on standby to offer safe rides home to clients in need.

Dickson said the program is a service for the community, by the community, noting community groups provide the volunteers and in turn raise money for their non-profit group through donations.

Operation Red Nose is Canada’s largest safe ride home service and will be available in 101 Canadian communities, offering motorists an additional way to get home safe. Supported by its provincial partner, ICBC, the program’s mission is to encourage responsible behaviour with regard to impaired driving in a non-judgmental manner, by enabling communities to provide a free and confidential chauffeur service to their members. The money it raises is redistributed to local organizations dedicated to youth and amateur sports, and invested in responsible drinking and road safety awareness campaigns.

To book a ride in the Williams Lake area call 250-392-2222.

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