Thousands home safe in 2015 thanks to Operation Red Nose

Volunteer-run designated driver service Operation Red Nose gave 3,949 safe rides home during the 2015 holiday season in Manitoba, says a news release issued Tuesday.

Annual holiday driving service gave 3,949 rides home during 2015 season in Manitoba

Thousands of Operation Red Nose volunteers gave 3,949 complimentary rides home to Manitobans during the 2015 holiday season. (rednosewpg.ca)

Volunteer-run designated driver service Operation Red Nose gave 3,949 safe rides home during the 2015 holiday season in Manitoba, organizers said in a news release Tuesday.

"Operation Red Nose is a key partner in reducing the number of alcohol- and drug-related deaths and injuries on our provincial roadways," said Ward Keith, vice-president of business development and communications with Manitoba Public Insurance.

Manitoba Public Insurance helps fund Operation Red Nose.

"Thousands of Manitobans made the right decision and chose not to drive while impaired over the holiday season," said Keith.

Operation Red Nose offers free rides home to partygoers who need a designated driver. The service deploys a three-person volunteer team to pick up a client, then take the drinker and his or her passengers and vehicle home safely.

In 2015 alone, 2,204 volunteers helped make sure Manitobans got home safely from holiday gatherings, said Operation Red Nose.

During the rides, Operation Red Nose fundraises for charities. The service said it raised $80,140 for youth sports programs in Manitoba in 2015.

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