Operation Red Nose ready for New Year’s weekend

Prince George party-goers who are celebrating the final weekend of 2017 and ringing in 2018 are reminded to call Operation Red Nose for a safe ride home.


The designated driving service available by donation that gets not only party-goers home, but their vehicles too during the holiday season, wraps up 2017 this weekend, Friday, Saturday and New Year’s Eve.


All Operation Red Nose asks for is a little patience from party-goers, especially on New Year’s Eve.


“We’ll have between 18 to 20 volunteer road teams available on both Friday and Saturday nights which should meet the demand for rides we expect,” said Andrea Johnson, Operation Red Nose spokesperson. “With only 25 teams out on New Year’s Eve, we know from previous years we’ll be quite busy between midnight and 4 a.m. getting everyone home safely. Most likely we’ll provide rides within city limits that night only as we’ve done in in the past.”


Those who require a ride home can call 250-962-7433 between 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. On New Year’s Eve, the phone lines are open an hour longer, until 4 a.m.


On New Year’s Eve in 2016, 24 teams delivered 171 safe rides home, while in 2015, 35 teams provided 209 rides.

So far after seven nights of service, Operation Red Nose, organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako in partnership with ICBC and the Prince George RCMP, has provided 606 safe rides home with the help of 260 volunteers.


In 2016, a total of 872 rides were delivered over the course of 10 nights, while 1,059 rides were provided on nine nights in 2015.