Operation Red Nose launched its 2022 holiday season campaign Tuesday. Safe rides will be available Nov. 25 through Dec. 31.
Operation Red Nose is ready for its 14th holiday season.
The national road safety campaign offers safe rides in 75 communities across the country, raising awareness about impaired driving and encouraging responsible behaviour.
Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, ORN was unable to offer safe rides for the last two years, instead offering safety messages through social media. This year, 75 per cent of the communities that were involved in 2019 have returned to the campaign.
“After two years of not being able to actually provide our safe ride service, we’re back on the road this year. We’re very, very excited about that,” said national development coordinator Marie-Chantal Fortin.
From Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, the volunteer-run program ensures motorists have an additional option to get home safely after holiday festivities.
“The past few years have certainly been punctuated with important challenges and uncertainties … We are grateful for all the work accomplished so far for the success of the upcoming campaign,” founding president Jean-Marie De Koninck said in a media release.
The Saskatchewan branch of ORN has been sponsored by Saskatchewan Government Insurance since it started in 2009. It runs in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, the Battlefords and Yorkton, with volunteers coordinated through local Lions Clubs and Yorkton’s Kinsmen Club.
The Saskatoon service is also available in Martensville and Warman.
A quick phone call brings a team of volunteers to pick you up and drive you to your destination. Two volunteers drive you in your own vehicle, and a third follows to pick them up.
Armstrong said it’s important for people to remember this is a designated driving service. People calling for a ride must provide their own vehicle and registration, with two seatbelts available for the volunteers.