Operation Red Nose launched its second annual campaign in Ottawa on Tuesday.
Starting November 30th, you’ll be able to call the organization for a safe-ride home during the holiday season.
Volunteers drive you and your car home for free, but donations are encouraged. The proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.
Spokesperson Adam Leclerc says the service which tries to prevent drunk driving was very busy last year.
“We had about 700 people that we drove home,” says Lerclerc. “On New Year’s Eve the phone rang about four times a second.”
In the first year of operation, ORN Ottawa ran for 12 nights, 380 volunteers dispatched, 425 calls answered, travelled 16,000 kms and raised $14,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.
Residents in the National Capital Region have been able to call Operation Red Nose for more than 30 years, but the service had previously been run out of Gatineau.
Mayor Jim Watson says he’s pleased the service has expanded to this side of the river, especially because he had a run-in with a drunk driver about 20 years ago.
“As I was going through a green light, he went through a red light and hit me and spun my car. And my car ended up leaning up against a church in Little Italy,” says Watson. “I was lucky it was only my car that was a write-off.”
Watson says the experience highlights the dangers of getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.
You can call Operation Red Nose Friday and Saturday nights until January 1st.