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Operation Red Nose is suspending its safe ride service for the 2020 holiday season

Operation Red Nose is suspending its safe ride service for the 2020 holiday season
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Operation Red Nose (Opération Nez rouge) is suspending its annual drive-home service for the upcoming holiday season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the unfamiliar, the nation-wide program is run by volunteers who drive partygoers and their vehicle to their homes after a night out of partying and have had too much to drink.

“The safety of our volunteers, clients, and local host organizations has always been one of our top priorities,” said Jean-Phillipe Giroux, Executive Director for Operation Red Nose, in a release.

“The decision was made after long and careful consideration, and not without emotion.”

Operation Nez Rouge was started in 1984 in Quebec City by Jean-Marie De Koninck, who had two goals. He wanted to finance Université Laval's swimming team and he wanted to do something to fight driving under the influence.

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