Distillery Drunks Get Designated Drivers
A new free service called Operation Red Nose launches tomorrow that provides volunteer designated drivers to get drunks and their cars home safely. The service already runs in places like Sudbury and Aurora, and now festive partygoers in the Distillery District can try it out this Wednesday, December 12 to Saturday, December 15.
The program is fairly flexible since drivers can request service as often as necessary to get from one place to the next. In addition, Operation Red Nose is not limited to people who are impaired from alcohol, but also for those who are sick, fatigued, or generally unable to drive. However, the service is only for people with cars: Operation Red Nose is not a taxi service. From the Distillery District, people who need the service can call 416-644-4964.
Operation Red Nose runs in eight provinces, and last year the program helped 10,500 people get home safely in Ontario alone. If the Distillery District test run goes well, then service could expand to more of the downtown core. The service is free, but donations can be made to benefit local youth organizations. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can call 416-644-4964 or send your information to [email protected].
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