Opération Nez Rouge sees drop in demand amid cold snap

Opération Nez Rouge says it had a successful season, even though figures are down from last year. They gave a total of just under 54,000 rides, down about 5,000 from the year before.

Volunteer service gave 54,000 rides during holiday season, down about 5,000 from previous year

Opération Nez Rouge organizers say cold weather had an impact on demand. (Daniel Coulombe/Radio-Canada)

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.