Operation Red Nose Numbers Down
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
Prince George, B.C. – Operation Red Nose failed to deliver 1,000 rides for the first time in seven years in 2016.
Spokesperson Andrea Johnson says volunteers delivered 872 rides this holiday season – the lowest total since 796 rides were provided in 2009.
In 2010 and 2014, a record number 1,123 rides were delivered.
But despite the drop, Johnson says she’s still pleased with how things turned out.
“Even though we did not reach the 1,000 ride mark, we’re overall happy with how 2016 unfolded,” she says.
“Forty-give per cent of our volunteers this year were new and they did an amazing job. We hope they’ll return to help us out in 2017.”
This weekend Red Nose delivered 210 rides – including 172 on New Year’s Eve.
Perhaps people are getting it and choosing not to drive when they drink. I’d like to see if there was a corresponding increase or decrease in the number of impaired drivers apprehended by the RCMP or if there was a corresponding increase or decrease in the number of accidents where alcohol was a factor.
I think the fact that Red Nose only operates in city limits now is also a factor.
Rednose also has a reputation of super long waits after midnight on New years eve which is unfortunate. Also it was cold and snowing during the day on the 31st, a lot of people chose to stay home.
They don’t start taking calls until 9pm, perhaps they could start earlier – like 7pm would be nice for those people that want to go out for a drink after work?
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