Opération Nez Rouge sees drop in demand amid cold snap
Volunteer service gave 54,000 rides during holiday season, down about 5,000 from previous year
Opération Nez Rouge says it had a successful season, even though figures are down from last year.
The volunteer service offers Quebec drivers a free ride home during the holiday season.
This year, it provided a total of just under 54,000 rides, down about 5,000 from the year before.
Just under 40,000 volunteers helped drive party-goers home across Quebec — 3,000 less than last year.
Organizers say the cold weather had an impact on demand.
"Well, actually, a lot of people stayed at home," said Jean-Marie De Koninck, president of Opération Nez Rouge.
De Konink pointed out, as well, that the drive-home service had a shorter season this time around. It was in operation for 31 days, compared to last year's 37.