Kingston, Ontario – Operation Red Nose, a volunteer service in select communities across Canada that helps drivers and their vehicles get home safely, will return for another year this holiday season.

“Our goal is to keep the festive season festive by preventing the needless tragedies that result from impaired driving,” said Dennis Prouse, director of federal government relations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “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 again this year.”

Eight provinces will host the campaign in 2009, including Saskatchewan for the very first time this year. Other provinces are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, with more than 100 communities across the country offering the service.

Under the program, a team of volunteers responds to a call, with one driving the customer and vehicle home, or to a final stop for the night. The service is free, but donations are accepted and given to local youth or amateur sport organizations.

For more information, or to volunteer, visit Operation Red Nose.

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