Operation Red Nose ready for busy weekend


Operation Red Nose will have between 20 – 25 teams out this weekend on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 to give Prince George party-goers a safe ride home.


Historically on the same weekend before Christmas, the volunteer-run designated driving service available during the holiday season that not only takes party-goers home, but their vehicle too, delivers between 102 rides to 148 rides each night.


“We expect to have another busy weekend and we’ll have enough volunteer road teams available to meet the demand,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson.


Those who require a ride home are asked to call 250-962-7433 between 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.


So far after two weekends of service, 360 safe rides home have been delivered during the campaign that’s organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako in partnership with ICBC and the Prince George RCMP.


Dec. 15 and 16 marks the final weekend before Christmas that Operation Red Nose is available. Volunteers, some of whom will have worked the entire six nights so far, are taking a much-needed break on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23 to enjoy Christmas with their families.


The campaign resumes on Dec. 29, 30 and New Year’s Eve. More volunteers are needed for New Year’s Eve and they are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to ensure their application, which includes a Criminal Record Check, is approved.


Volunteers can apply online at www.ornpg.ca, print out the application and drop it off at the Prince George RCMP detachment in downtown Prince George.