Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Safety League (OSL) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) have announced the 25th Operation Red Nose campaign, offering partygoers and their cars a safe ride home.
The unique, free designated-driver service will be operating in seven Ontario communities: Chatham-Kent, Hearst, Kingston, Newmarket-Aurora, North Bay, Quinte and Sudbury. On weekends, holiday revellers have the option of calling Operation Red Nose and having their cars driven home safely by volunteers. The service runs from the last weekend of November until the end of December. Last year, involved communities experienced zero alcohol-related fatalities on the nights when the service was offered.
“Our goal is to keep the festive season festive by preventing the needless tragedies that result from impaired driving,” said Don Forgeron, vice-president, Ontario, IBC. “Operation Red Nose is a natural extension of our industry’s long-term commitment to road safety, and we are delighted to be a part of this important program for the fourth consecutive year.”
In honour of the program’s 25th year, the national office of Operation Red Nose has organized a draw for volunteers from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, where the program operates, for a five-day trip to experience Carnival in Quebec City next February.